Why Should I Floss My Teeth



Regular flossing plays an important role in your oral hygiene. Skipping flossing can result in plaque buildup between teeth and along the gum line. Plaque buildup increases the risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Taking proper care of your teeth not only fights bad breath, but also prevents cavities, gum diseases, and contributes to a healthy and white smile. Our team of dental professionals at Dentistry in Motion have put together some of the top benefits of flossing your teeth regularly: 

Remove Plaque Buildup 

Flossing helps to clean the hard-to-reach areas of your teeth, preventing bacteria from building up and turning into plaque. Plaque can usually eat away at your tooth enamel. If you fail to remove plaque through regular flossing, it eventually turns into tartar, which is more detrimental to your teeth. If you have developed tartar on your teeth, don’t be too worried! Our dental hygiene team can help remove it with professional tools during your next appointment. 

Reduce the Risk of Cavities 

Flossing regularly can help keep tooth decay away. Tooth decay can result in a cavity, which is a tiny hole in the tooth enamel. The more plaque and tartar build-up in your teeth, the higher your risk of developing cavities. We recommend flossing your teeth at least once a day to lower this risk. 

Prevent Gingivitis and Gum Disease 

The Canadian Dental Association says that the lack of regular flossing and brushing can result in gum disease. One of the first signs are swollen gums that are sensitive and prone to bleeding.

If gingivitis is not treated, it can potentially lead to a more serious infection known as periodontitis. The good news is that gum disease can be prevented with regular flossing, brushing, and visits to our clinic for professional cleaning.

Keep Your Smile White

If you have cavities, tooth decay, and/or infected gums, you might not feel like showing off your smile. However, flossing daily and keeping up with your oral hygiene routine will help keep your teeth healthy and pearly white. You can therefore smile more often, and confidently. When you floss at home, make sure to curve the floss around your teeth to scrape away any plaque that might have built up along the gum line. We usually advise booking biannual dental appointments to help control plaque build up.  

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If it’s time to book your next appointment, the best way to contact us is to email: secure@dentistryinmotion.com or fill out our contact form on our website. We are currently booking routine appointments for both new and existing patients as well as professional teeth whitening, Invisalign, dental implants and more!

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