The Importance of Regular Flossing
- Posted on: Sep 30 2019
Flossing is an essential oral hygiene practice that needs to be done at least once a day to help fight against the development of tooth decay and gum disease. This is due to the formation of plaque that builds up on the surfaces of the teeth and along the gum line. Drs. Nancy E. Gill and Dallas D. Kenson are professionals dedicated to educating patients on the importance of flossing the teeth.
While brushing can help in reducing the chances of plaque and tartar building up on the natural smile, it cannot address more hard-to-reach areas such as between the teeth. Because of this, our dental team encourages patients to floss between their teeth at least once a day, or preferably after every meal. This helps keep the teeth strong and healthy longer while reducing the risk of conditions such as cavities and periodontal disease.
Over 500 types of bacteria can be found in plaque according to the American Dental Association. This bacteria can contribute to infections that impact the smile in many ways. Bad bacteria left untreated in the smile can result in the development of periodontal disease. This condition cannot be cured, only controlled, so avoidance is incredibly essential. With flossing alongside brushing, patients can address these common concerns and keep them from becoming a lifelong condition.
The American Dental Association recommends that patients brush for at least two minutes a day with a fluoride toothpaste for good oral health and wellness. Patients should also clean between the teeth with flossing at least once a day, and visit their dentist at least every six months for an evaluation and a cleaning.
Schedule an appointment today in Golden, CO area dental practice
Drs. Nancy E. Gill and Dallas D. Kenson of the Golden, CO community are available to assist patients with their oral health care needs, as well as education to keep their smile beautiful and healthy. If you live in the area and are ready to work with a caring, experienced professional team, we welcome you to book an appointment by calling (303) 277-9600. We welcome new and existing patients into our facility for quality dental care from our expert staff.
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