Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Importance of Flossing

Flossing is one of the most important steps in oral health care and help can help maintain a healthy smile. Floss is a tool specifically made to remove plaque from the tight spaces between the teeth and under the gums that a toothbrush or mouthwash can’t remove.  Flossing before you brush your teeth is more effective than brushing after. Flossing before you brush also helps make brushing more effective.  With less plaque caught between your teeth, the fluoride in toothpaste can get to more parts of your mouth. Tartar build up can eventually lead to gum diseases such as gingivitis.  Leaving this untreated can lead to more serious diseases that go below the gum line causing periodontal disease.  Flossing only takes a few minutes every day, and adds little to the cost of toothpaste, toothbrushes and mouth rinse. It's a small, simple step that can have huge implications for your long-term oral health.