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Do I Really Need To Floss?
Mason & North Cincinnati, OH

Posted on 6/5/2023 by Martin Periodontics
Image of a man flossing, at Martin Periodontics in Mason, OH. Brushing the teeth seems like a good and effective way to cleanse them. While it does clean well, there are certain places that the toothbrush cannot reach. The teeth, especially the ones at the back areas or molars are closely aligned together. This makes it difficult for the toothbrush bristles to penetrate between them. You end up brushing only three sides of a tooth, leaving the other two inner sides unbrushed. As such, these two sides become vulnerable to plaque.

What is Flossing?

It involves using dental materials or flossers inserted in between the teeth where they are rubbed against the surfaces up and down. There are many ways to floss including water flossers or irrigators, string flossers, waxed floss, and dental tapes. As such, flossing is of equal importance to oral health as brushing. That being said, here are ways flossing helps people:

Prevents Gum Disease

Plaque accumulation on teeth contributes to gingivitis where the gums inflame and start to bleed. When plaque is allowed to form for a long period, the gums could suffer from periodontitis, a serious oral disease. Periodontitis can destroy the jawbone and contribute to bone and tooth loss.

Helps Maintain Good Oral Health

Since flossing removes food particles and plaque, it gives bacteria little chance to attack the mouth. Accumulation of food particles in the oral cavity will cause bad breath. Therefore, flossing serves as a preventive measure for bad mouth odors.

When plaque is removed below the gumline through flossing, it prevents the formation of tooth-decolorizing tartar. The danger of having tooth cavities is also minimized by frequent flossing at least once a day.

Cheap and Easy To Do

To avoid expensive trips to the dentist, this painless effort of flossing is a good way to surely avoid complications brought about by poor oral hygiene. Flossing costs almost nothing, so there is no reason why you shouldn't do it at home. Talk to our dentist to learn how important flossing is and how it is done.
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