Flossing

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FLOSSING

      We often get asked questions such as how often should I floss, is flossing necessary, and what teeth should I floss?  The response used by dentists the world over, " you should only floss the teeth you want to keep!"  You see, next to brushing, flossing is the most important thing that you can do to ensure good oral health.

     The purpose of both brushing and flossing is to reduce the number of bacteria which inhabit our mouths.  Normally, millions of these microscopic monsters call your mouth home, feeding on food particles left on our teeth.  Ungrateful guests, these bacteria produce acid as a result of their feasting and it is  this acid which eats into tooth enamel creating cavities.  If this wasn't bad enough, the bacteria also pour out volatile sulfur compounds creating embarrassing bad breath.

     If you do not floss and allow plaque (a mesh of mucus and debris known as plaque) to remain in between teeth, it eventually hardens into a substance known as tartar.  Unlike plaque which can be removed with brushing, tartar can only be removed by your dentist.  Over time, levels of more dangerous types of bacteria build up within tartar.  Mean and vengeful, these bacteria produce toxins which irritate and inflame  the gums; a condition called gingivitis.  Gingivitis if left untreated can progress to periodontal disease - where bacteria and toxins invade not only the gums, but also the bones and structures supporting the teeth.  This can ultimately lead to bone loss, loose teeth, and teeth which fall out.  From here the bacteria can travel through the body increasing the chances of heart attack or stroke!  So yes, FLOSSING IS ESSENTIAL TO GOOD DENTAL HEALTH! 

      So give us a call and set up an appointment. Don't take your good dental health for granted. To get your teeth cleaned call us at (661) 947-3163

 

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