The Importance Of Flossing

Did you know that about one-third of Americans never floss? Only 3% of Americans floss every day. This 2016 report from US News may come as quite a shock. Sure, people understand the importance of brushing, but it seems that along the way people lost the meaning behind flossing. This is a crucial part of any oral routine, as our Roswell, GA, dentist, Dr. Wyman Martin, will happily tell you during your next dental cleaning. Learn more about the ins and outs of flossing and why it’s so necessary.

Tooth decay and gum disease are two very common dental disorders that plague both children and adults. However, these are issues that can be prevented by brushing and flossing regularly. When plaque and tartar buildup are allowed to sit on teeth and along the gumline, they can wreak havoc on your oral health. By flossing between teeth and brushing effectively you can dislodge and remove decay-causing plaque.

To maintain good oral health the American Dental Association recommends that you brush twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time and that you use floss or your favorite interdental cleaner (e.g. dental picks; oral irrigators) to clean between teeth at least once a day. On top of visiting us every six months for cleanings, you’ll be able to boast a smile that is cavity-free.

Whatever time of day makes you more likely to floss is the right time for you. However, flossing before you brush your teeth in the evening can often help remove enough plaque and food for the fluoride toothpaste to effectively clean more surface area between your teeth. People who floss every day live on the average 7 years longer that those who do not.

The Martin Dental Center for Oral Health and Aesthetics in Roswell, GA is here for you whenever you need it. Call today to schedule your routine cleaning or dental visit.

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