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Plaque is sticky, which means it's fairly easy to remove with floss. Once plaque has hardened into tartar, a Hygienist must remove it. Book your regular cleanings to protects your gums, and prevent gum disease.

5 Reasons to Floss Your Teeth

Many people brush their teeth daily but neglect flossing, not realizing how important it is for sound oral health as well as overall health. The following details the most important reasons to floss your teeth daily. Makes brushing more effective A toothbrush is ideal for removing plaque from the teeth. However, it can't reach between the teeth or under the gums to brush these areas thoroughly. When you floss before you brush, you reduce the amount of plaque in your mouth before using your toothbrush. This allows the toothpaste fluoride to reach more areas of the mouth. Minimizes bad breath When you don't floss regularly, you're more likely to have plaque build up in between the teeth, which creates bad breath or halitosis. Many people suffer from bad breath without realizing that a lack of flossing may be playing a major role. Prevents tartar buildup Plaque is sticky, but soft and pliable, which means it's fairly easy to remove with floss. Once plaque has hardened into tartar, a hygienist must remove it, which can be uncomfortable. Flossing removes plaque from between the teeth. Fluoride toothpaste with mouthwash can strengthen tooth enamel and help to prevent cavities. Protects your gums, preventing gum disease Tiny food particles get lodged where the gums and teeth meet. Over time, the plaque in this area hardens and grows to form calculus (tartar), which must be removed by a hygienest with professional dental instruments. If tartar goes unchecked, it can lead to gingivitis and in severe cases, periodontitis. Flossing gets into this key area where the gums and teeth meet, taking out food and plaque you aren't able to reach with your toothbrush. Prevents other serious diseases Taking the time to brush and floss regularly may play a significant role in your long-term health. The mouth is an easy place for bacteria to enter the body, making it the first point of entry for numerous health conditions. In addition to gum disease, oral health issues may contribute to other serious diseases, including respiratory illness, diabetes, and heart disease. Dental care can be expensive. Flossing daily may not be a lot of fun, but it can save you hundreds, if not, thousands of dollars in invasive dental procedures. Brush twice daily and floss every evening to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best. Maintaining twice yearly dental checkups will help to combat dental issues that do arise before they become serious. .
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