Brushing your teeth twice a day is an important way to prevent dental cavities. Unfortunately, brushing alone is usually not sufficient for keeping tartar buildup at bay. That is why dentists so strongly urge patients to floss daily, as well. Flossing can help to remove the bacteria and food particles that can lodge between teeth, where bristles cannot reach. Plus, it’s a fast and affordable way to protect both the teeth and gums. So, if you are not yet flossing daily, there are compelling reasons that you really should start.
Ever Thought About What You’re Missing by Brushing Alone?
When you choose not to floss, you are missing approximately 40% of your teeth’s surface. This means, that over time, you are far more likely to struggle with tooth decay as a result of acidic tartar buildup. Unfortunately, it also means that you are more likely to develop gum disease, since plaque on the surface of the teeth can lead to irritation and even infection of the gum tissue.
Gum disease is a chronic condition, and the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Preventing it is incredibly important to protecting your oral health. That is why gum care, like flossing, is so essential.
Flossing Is a Simple Way to Protect Your Smile
Flossing should be simple and pain-free. In fact, if you are experiencing any discomfort, much less noticing bleeding when you floss, it could be a symptom of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
A preventive dental cleaning could help to remove tartar buildup. That said, in some cases more extensive periodontal care might be needed to truly restore the smile.
Your Dentist Can Help Prevent Problems?
Preventive dentistry helps patients avoid cavities as well as gum disease. You can schedule a preventive appointment with Dr. Fondriest by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts at (847) 234-0517. We welcome patients from the North Shore area of Chicago and the surrounding communities.