Flossing can be tedious and messy! So, if you brush well do you really need to? The answer is yes! Visit with our dental team to discover the many reasons it is wise to floss daily and how it will improve overall health at your dental check-ups. At your Garland, TX dental practice, we focus on preventing and treating problems by taking the time to educate you on proper techniques and tools for optimal oral health.
Beyond the reach of regular toothbrush bristles lies a persistent threat known as plaque. These sticky bacteria accumulate between teeth, creating a breeding ground for dental issues. Flossing diligently removes plaque, preventing it from hardening into tartar. In the battle against cavities and gum disease, flossing serves as one of your best defenses.
Shielding Teeth against Gum Disease:
Gum disease poses a significant risk to oral health, affecting gums, bone structure, and even teeth. Periodontal disease, a severe form of gum disease, can lead to irreversible damage to the teeth if left untreated. You may notice bleeding and inflammation of your gum tissues in the early stages of this problem. In later stages, you may notice longer looking teeth as bone loss begins. By dislodging plaque and food particles from the spaces between your teeth and along the gumline, flossing helps to keep gum disease at bay and even halts its progression.
Preventing Cavities in Hard-to-Reach Areas
While brushing is undoubtedly valuable, its reach has limitations. Toothbrush bristles cannot adequately clean the tight spaces between teeth and beneath the gums. These areas are then vulnerable to decay and gum inflammation. If you have bridges, crowns or fillings protect your investment by cleaning all around these areas. Flossing is the key to preventing damage to restorations. There are other tools such as Waterpiks and interdental brushes that can aid in cleaning these vulnerable spaces. We will educate you on the tools that will best protect and clean your mouth.
Partnering with your Dentist for Success:
Regular flossing sets the stage for a fruitful partnership with your dentist. When you maintain a thorough oral care routine, your dentist can better address any dental issues during your check-ups. They can identify potential problem areas, provide guidance, and work with you to create a personalized oral health plan. Together, you can build a strong defense against oral ailments. To learn more, or to schedule your next appointment, call our Garland, TX office today at (972) 530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.