If you are not flossing every day, plaque and bacteria can begin to build up, causing a number of issues including cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay.
Many people think that brushing your teeth is enough, but brushing only reaches so much of your tooth. Flossing can get in between your gums and between your teeth where your brush does not reach.
If you do not floss, the bacteria around your gums and between your teeth increase the chances of you developing decay and cavities. Gum disease is another issue that can occur, as we mentioned above. When plaque is allowed to build up around your gums it can begin to mineralize and create tartar. Only a dental professional can remove tartar from your gums through a specific procedure called “scaling and root planing.”
In order to protect your gums and teeth, brushing and floss twice per day is important. If you want to be sure you are flossing correctly, be sure to view this link from Colgate.
Are you due for a dental appointment? Besides brushing and flossing, going to the dentist on a routine basis is an important part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Treese today.