Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth when it comes to oral care. It is important to understand that brushing alone leaves as much as 40% of the tooth surfaces untouched. By augmenting your brushing routine with flossing, you are getting into all the areas between and under teeth that a toothbrush simply cannot reach. Flossing at night is particularly beneficial, because that is when bacteria laden plaque builds up most. It isn’t just your gums and mouth that benefit from regular flossing, but your overall well-being. Periodontal disease, which can be prevented with regular flossing, has been linked to heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Your teeth can last a lifetime if you practice basic dental care, which involves brushing and flossing regularly, eating a mouth-healthy diet, and visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. Developing good dental health habits is the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. If it’s been too long since you had professional oral care, we invite you to call AESTHETIC DENTAL CARE at (973) 287.3829 to schedule an appointment and get you back on track. Even severe periodontal disease may be arrested with proper dental treatment.
P.S. Just like most everything, there is a correct way to floss. Be sure to ask your dentist for instructions and follow them to get the most benefit.