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By Mike White, DDS
August 25, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: flossing  

Discover the importance behind flossing and why this is a habit everyone should adopt.

Sometimes you’re tired when you get ready for bed. Perhaps you’re already thinking about how busy and stressful the next day is going flossingto be. Of course, there are many reasons why people forget to floss every day. Perhaps you don’t think it’s that important for a healthy smile, or you simply don’t like doing it. But if you want to maintain healthy teeth and gums, find out why your Chehalis, WA dentist Dr. Michael White recommends that you keep flossing a part of your oral routine.

Brushing alone isn’t enough to remove plaque, bacteria, and food from your teeth. In fact, it’s believed that flossing removes about 40 percent of bacteria and plaque. So, if you aren’t someone who flosses, then each and every day you are leaving almost half of all plaque and bacteria on your teeth, which certainly means cavities, gum disease and other problems down the line. Why? Because floss is really the only tool for reaching in between teeth and getting under the gum line to remove plaque.

Gum disease is a terrible infection that not only affects how your smile looks but can also cause gum recession and tooth loss. Not only that, but it also affects the health of your jawbone, which can alter your facial structure. If you don’t want to deal with expensive treatments like gum disease surgeries and replacing missing teeth, then maybe you’re now starting to realize why your Chehalis, WA general dentist recommends flossing once a day.

And it doesn’t matter what kind of floss you use. There are so many different kinds on the market and some are great for those with braces or dental bridges, while other flosses are good for those with receding gums or spaces between teeth. While we can certainly recommend different flosses, the most important thing is that you find a floss that you’ll actually use every day.

If you have questions about how to floss properly or what at-home tools to use to best clean your teeth don’t hesitate to call our Chehalis, WA dental office and schedule your next cleaning. During routine visits, we would be happy to sit down with you and discuss ways to maintain good oral hygiene from the comfort of your own home.