Oral hygiene can be compared to washing dishes. You would never wash only one side of a dish and then use it again the next day. That’s precisely what you’re doing when you skip flossing. Brushing your teeth only cleans the surface area of your teeth but more often than not, leftover food, plaque, and bacteria can still be festering in between the teeth.
Most people find flossing to be a chore. This Torrance dentist knows that flossing is one of the most important parts of oral hygiene.
Flossing breaks up plaque bacterial biofilm on your teeth. When you decide to skip flossing the remaining biofilm changes the chemistry of your mouth, allowing for germs to survive. You can then develop an infection or a disease in your gums. Flossing frequently protects you from developing gingivitis (gum infection) or periodontitis (gum disease). This Torrance dentist understands that leaving gingivitis untreated can lead to tooth loss. Bacteria from the periodontal disease can get into your bloodstream and affect your heart and respiratory system. A way to reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease is by performing oral hygiene at home.
The best time to floss is right before bedtime. Removing any plaque or food from between teeth to prevent pathogens from forming in your mouth while you sleep. This Torrance dentist recommends using waxed floss when flossing because it won’t tear between teeth. Brush your teeth at least twice daily to prevent cavities, reduce gingivitis, remove plaque, and leave your mouth with a clean feeling.
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