Why Should I Floss? Isn’t Brushing Enough?

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If you’re seeing a dentist twice a year, then you know that one of the first questions she’ll ask is if you floss, and how often. She’ll probably be able to tell without you even saying a word, because of the state of your teeth and gums, and whether you bleed easily from probing the gums to measure pocket depth.

The reason flossing is important is so you can prevent gum disease, which has varying severities, from gingivitis to sever periodontitis. Left untreated, gum disease will inevitably get worse and cause discoloration of the teeth, bad breath, and ultimately tooth loss as the underlying bone structure disintegrates and the teeth fall out. Not only are these cosmetically unappealing, they are quite expensive to fix. Whether a dentist recommends fillings, crowns, root canals, or extractions, you can be sure that these restorations will be more expensive and time consuming than buying floss and flossing routinely.

If you would like to know more about how to improve your oral hygiene and overall gum health, contact our office.

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