Most people think that if they brush their teeth really well, then they don’t need to floss. While it is true that brushing twice a day is essential to maintaining oral health, brushing alone isn’t going to cut it. Your toothbrush and toothpaste work together to remove plaque and food residue from the surfaces of your teeth, but your toothbrush really doesn’t do much for what gets stuck in between your teeth. Flossing gets out anything that might be lurking in the space between your teeth. Flossing has several benefits for your oral health, let’s explore.
Promoting Healthy Gums
Not only does flossing protect your teeth’s enamel, it protects your gums as well. Food particles and bacteria can become lodged in the spaces where your gums meet your teeth. When that plaque hardens into tartar, your dentist has to scrape it off, which hurts your gums. If the tartar is allowed to build up, it leads to gingivitis, which left unchecked can turn into periodontitis.
Saving You Money
These days, it seems like health care costs just keep going up, while insurance benefits continue to dwindle. Brushing and flossing regularly, along with your regular dental visits, will help keep you out of your dentist’s office which can save quite a bit of money!
Preventing Tartar Buildup
One of the most uncomfortable parts of your regular dental cleaning is when your dentist or hygienist has to scrape the tartar from your teeth with a metal tool. The sound is unsettling, and the process can sometimes cause your gums to become sore. You can prevent some of this discomfort by flossing. When you floss, it removes plaque from between your teeth before it has a chance to turn into tartar which eliminates the need for all of that scraping.
You Can Trust Olney Dental for All of Your Oral Care Needs
For all of your oral care questions and concerns, Olney Dental has the expertise and professionalism to get them the answers they need. Olney Dental is ready to supply you with expert service in a professional environment. Schedule an appointment online today! For more information on how we can give your family the best dentist experience available, give us a call at (301) 250-1057 or contact us online. For more dental tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and Pinterest.