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If you enjoy dealing with dental problems, like cavities or gum disease, then you can go ahead and skip this post. If you don’t enjoy those health problems, though, then keep on reading.

We know that oral health issues aren’t fun to deal with, and that’s why we want to help you avoid them. Our team works hard to help our patients avoid oral health problems. We also like to give patients the tools they need to succeed on their own. One of those tools is education, and today we’re going to explain the importance behind flossing.

What it does
It’s crucial for you to know the importance of having a healthy smile. Flossing is hugely helpful because, as most any professional in the dentistry world will attest, it removes much of plaque, debris, and other detritus that causes tooth decay. Whether that decay is in the form of a cavity or gum disease, our team has seen flossing help avoid tooth decay on multiple occasions.

In addition to that, you can be sure that you’re getting the best cleaning possible if you floss. Your toothbrush doesn’t clean all of your teeth. Flossing fills in the gaps where your brush couldn’t quite reach, especially in those tight spaces. This will help avoid harmful bacteria wearing away the enamel that eventually cause cavities.

Another added benefit of brushing and flossing correctly is helping you avoid periodontal (gum) disease. By deterring this disease, you can also prevent cardiovascular disease which can be the result of infections and bacteria traveling through the bloodstream from your mouth. Gum disease has also been known to be a contributing factor to diabetes and low birth weight in newborn babies.

Getting started
We know that flossing is uncomfortable for those either starting out or flossing for the first time in years. However, we promise it gets better with time. Usually, within a week, your gums will feel much better during and after flossing. You should floss at least once a day, and floss between each tooth. You will also need to brush at least twice each day, and attend your regular biannual visits to the dentist. If you don’t have great dental care, you may need to visit the dentist more than twice a year.

If you have other questions for us, or need to make an appointment, call us today. We can’t wait to help you get your best smile as we start out this new year.