While many people brush their teeth twice a day, fewer people floss regularly. An essential part of dental hygiene, flossing allows you to reach in between your teeth, where your toothbrush cannot access as well. Flossing protects your teeth, your gums, and contributes to your overall health. Dr Tricia Boyce at Riverdale Park Dental recommends that you floss once a day.
Benefits of Regular Flossing
There are several benefits to a regular flossing routine:
Plaque Removal: Cleaning between teeth removes plaque and small pieces of food. Plaque is bacteria that feeds on leftover food and sugar in your mouth. If left unattended, plaque will deteriorate the exterior enamel of your teeth and can cause cavities.
Tartar Prevention: Flossing protects your gums as well. Plaque, over time, can turn into tartar, which collects around your gum line. Tartar is a much harder substance and can only be removed by a dentist.
Protect Your Gums: If tartar is left to build up, it can turn into gingivitis. Gingivitis causes red and swollen gums that are the first stages of gum disease.
Bad Breath: Flossing removes bacteria and tiny pieces of food from your mouth. Without flossing these particles cause bad breath.
Other Health-Related Concerns: Studies have shown that mouth bacteria can lead to other health concerns and illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory illness. Flossing daily can have a huge impact on your overall health.
Financial Impact: Both healthcare and complicated dental visits can be expensive. Regular flossing can limit a need for additional visits to the dentist. Additionally, as mentioned above, flossing can also cause other health issues. Keeping up your dental hygiene can prevent additional visits to the doctor in the long term.
Visit Dr Tricia Boyce at Riverdale Park Dental
Daily flossing should be combined with visits to the dentist twice a year for optimal oral health. Regular visits to the dentist allow you to catch small problems before they evolve into big, costly, painful issues. For those in the in Prince George’s County area, Dr Tricia Boyce is the top dentist of choice. Dr Tricia Boyce has over 16 years of dental experience, graduating from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 2000. The friendly staff at Riverdale Park Dental will make caring for your teeth an easy and comfortable experience. Contact us today for more information.