What are the benefits of flossing?

A consistent flossing routine is vital for anyone aspiring to maintain long-term dental health. 

Flossing gives your a teeth a more clean feeling and removes plaque and food particles that can cause long-term damage. While proper toothbrushing is sufficient for cleaning the tops and outer surfaces of your teeth and gums, the best way to ensure food and particles don’t camp out between your teeth is to floss regularly. 

If food and particles become lodged in the nooks and crannies of your teeth, not only can cavities form on the teeth, but the damage can extend as far as causing bone loss (or periodontal disease). The best way to keep those in-between areas clean is to floss. 

Floss Your Teeth Everyday

How do you clean areas of your teeth that a toothbrush can’t? 

Think of all the sugary drinks we “bathe” our teeth in, if our toothbrush doesn’t reach those areas, how does one clean those hard to reach areas between teeth?  Your right flossing is the answer, it cleanse the areas where the bristles of a toothbrush can’t reach, if these areas aren’t cleaned it is an opportune place for cavities to form.   

The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice per day, but says flossing should be done at least once per day. So, if you’re feeling a daily time squeeze, pairing flossing with one of your daily brushings is sufficient. 

It’s time to stop plaque in its tracks!

Whether you floss daily or need to develop a better routine, South University Dental in Fargo (ND) has friendly professionals who care about maintaining your sparkly smile. Email our office or call (701) 232-8884. One of our friendly team members will happily help you schedule a convenient appointment time.