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Why Flossing is Just as Important as Brushing

Flossing teeth in Prince George, British Columbia

Most people have a much easier time getting into the habit of regular tooth brushing than regular flossing. They also sometimes assume that, because they are brushing well and regularly enough, they don't even need to floss. Every day, however, Prince George dentists see firsthand that those who brush and floss enjoy much better oral health than patients who brush only.

Brushing is important for clean and healthy teeth because it scrubs away plaque bacteria. Plaque bacteria, if left to multiply unhindered, begins to harden into a thick deposit of tartar. While good brushing habits can remove plaque from most of a tooth's surface, the bristles simply can't reach between the teeth or close enough to the gum line. These areas then become more susceptible to infection. This drawback of brushing is why dentists in Prince George always stress the importance of regular flossing as well. Flossing is the most effective way of removing plaque bacteria from between the teeth and from under the gum line. Only good brushing and flossing habits can ensure that your teeth are getting the thorough clean they need every single day. Not flossing can greatly increase your chances of developing gingivitis which, if allowed to progress, can eventually turn into gum disease. Gingivitis occurs when the gums become inflamed and red due to the presence of bacteria. When the bacteria spreads below the gum line the inflammation and infection can become very severe, and may even lead to tooth loss. Bacteria and inflammation in the mouth aren't dangerous only for oral health, but for overall health as well. It can also contribute to causing and aggravating conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory illness. The Canadian Dental Association recommends flossing as least once a day, as it can take as little as 24 hours for plaque to begin hardening into tartar. Even infants who have at least two adjacent teeth can benefit from early, gentle flossing. Because flossing only needs to be done once daily, you can decide whether it is more convenient for you in the morning or in the evening. Choose a time of day that you are most likely to stick to. Furthermore, if you just can't seem to get into flossing because you find it to be tedious and difficult, then you can look into different flossing methods such as using flossing sticks or a water flosser. Remember that, even if you do pick up good flossing habits, it doesn't mean that you need to stop visiting a Prince George dentist such as Dr. Richard Wilczek or Dr. Scott Kaplan on a regular basis. At Dr. Richard Wilczek Inc. we can let you know if you are flossing correctly and effectively, and help you clean areas of your mouth that even brushing and flossing combined might not be able to get to. If you're committed to maintaining your healthy smile, then don't hesitate to make an appointment with Dr. Richard Wilczek Inc. by contacting us online or by phone.


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