By Dr. Constance Smith
April 23, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   flossing  

You have probably heard it from your dentist at every examination you have ever been to: “Flossing every day is important.” Though only flossingabout 40% of Americans floss, according to the American Dental Association, about 20% of American adults do not floss at all. But what makes flossing such a crucial part of the fight against teeth decay and gum disease? Is it really necessary if you brush twice a day? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Constance Smith and Dr. Ian Liskiewicz in Jackson, MI.

Why is flossing important? 
Bacteria allowed to remain on the teeth eventually turns into a white, sticky substance called plaque. Plaque then hardens into tartar, which begins eating through the tooth’s enamel toward its inner pulp chamber. Plaque is easily removed by the proper brushing and flossing techniques, but tartar can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. Flossing alongside brushing daily removes the decay-causing plaque, stopping potential decay in its tracks.

How should I floss properly? 
Use a length of floss about 18 inches long. Wrap each end around each of your index fingers, and pull the floss taut. Slide the floss between the teeth and extend it all the way up and underneath the gum tissue. Make sure that you do not forget to floss the back side of your last molar.

Why do I need to floss if I brush twice a day? 
Flossing reaches the areas of your teeth which the bristle of a toothbrush simply cannot. Flossing removes plaque and bacteria from the tight areas between the teeth where they touch. Additionally, flossing reaches up underneath the gum line, into the areas of the gums susceptible to forming pockets of bacteria and plaque, a feat to which no toothbrush can compare.

Regular Dental Examinations and Professional Cleanings in Jackson, MI 
For more information on flossing or its importance in your daily oral care routine, please contact Dr. Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz in Jackson, MI. Call (517) 787-7520 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

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