Is Flossing Important?? 

 * To maintain good oral health, the American Dental Association (ADA) continues to recommend cleaning between your teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner along with brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, eating a balanced diet and visiting your ADA dentist regularly.


* Interdental cleaners, such as floss, clean between your teeth where brushing alone can’t reach. Plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar.


* Whether you use floss or another interdental cleaner is a personal preference, but it’s very important to understand the proper technique for each tool so that it is effective. Talk to your dentist about how to use an interdental cleaner to ensure efficacy.


Supporting Points


* More than 500 bacterial species can be found in plaque; some are good and some are bad for your mouth. Together with food debris, water and other components, the plaque buildup around the teeth and on the gum line will contribute to dental disease in teeth and gums.


* Cleaning between teeth is proven to help remove the amount of debris that can lead to cavities or gum disease. 


o The CDC estimates nearly half of all adults (47%) age 30 and older have some form of periodontal, or gum disease. By age 65 and older, approximately 70% of adults have periodontal disease. 

* Keep in mind that flossing should not be painful. If you floss too hard, you could damage the tissue between your teeth. If you’re too gentle, you might not be getting the food out. Some discomfort when you first start flossing is normal, but if pain persists longer than a week or two, talk to your dentist.


* There are several options for cleaning between teeth. You might choose to use dental floss or another product specifically made for this purpose like a dental pick, pre-threaded flosser, tiny brushes that reach between the teeth, water flosser or wooden plaque remover.


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***Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues.  If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

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Q: What should I do if I have bad breath?

Q: How often should I brush and floss?

Q: Are amalgam (silver) fillings safe?

Q: How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?

Q: How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?

Q: Why is it important to use dental floss?

Q: How can cosmetic dentistry help improve the appearance of my smile?

Q: What are porcelain veneers and how can they improve my smile?

Q: What can I do about stained or discolored teeth?

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