Do I Really Need to Floss?

Do you ever wonder if you really need to floss?  Well the answer is yes.  Flossing removes plaque and debris that sticks to teeth and in between teeth.  It polishes the surface of the teeth and controls bad breath.  Plaque is a sticky layer of material containing bacteria that accumulates on teeth, including places where toothbrushes can’t reach.  This can lead to gum disease.  By flossing your teeth daily you increase the chance of keeping them for a lifetime and decrease the chance of getting gum disease.  A toothbrush is a very important tool, but it only cleans the tops and sides of the teeth.  Flossing cleans between the teeth.  Dental floss comes in many different forms.  There are waxed, unwaxed, flavored, unflavored, and many more.  They all work well, so it is up to you which type you choose.  Some people have never been taught good flossing techniques.  Don’t be embarrassed to ask your dentist to show you the proper way to floss.  That’s exactly what we are here for.


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