Flossing can be a bit of a chore. It takes time to do it right, and if you haven’t flossed in a while, it can even be painful. It’s no wonder our team at Premier Dental & Oral Health Group in Lake Ozark MO is constantly reminding our patients to brush and floss!
Flossing is vital to your dental health. You’ll never hear one of us say ‘don’t worry about the flossing,’ and that’s for three critical reasons.
- Bad Breath: Halitosis is something we all worry about. It’s part of our appearance, and we are all aware of how that can influence our relationships. It makes sense, then, that bad breath would be one of the things you might worry about. Flossing is a great way to help prevent bad breath. It helps you avoid plaque buildup between your teeth. It also helps flush out pockets of bacteria. Together, plaque and bacteria can create bad breath.
- Cavities: When bacteria is allowed to build up on your teeth, tooth decay can occur. Plaque buildup is a concentration of bacteria. When plaque is allowed to remain between your teeth it gives bacteria a chance to destroy enamel and damage your teeth. Cavities are damage to your teeth caused by bacteria. Flossing gets between your teeth where your brush can’t reach, and cleans away plaque buildup. It also loosens pockets of bacteria that can be removed with a quick rinse.
- Gum Disease: When the tissues fill up with bacteria and become inflamed, you’re at a higher risk for gum disease and tooth loss. Flossing helps avoid these by removing any and all bacteria and food debris from your mouth. This way, there is no risk of inflammation or periodontal issues.
At Premier Dental & Oral Health Group in Lake Ozark MO, we recommend flossing every time you brush your teeth. Our services include complete general dentistry. People from Lake of the Ozarks and Osage Beach also come to us for restorative dentistry. Contact us today!