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Don’t Forget to Floss

While flossing isn’t always the most popular habit it’s certainly one of the most important.oral hygiene

A lot of people don’t floss regularly or even at all. Maybe they are intimidated by the idea of flossing or they just aren’t huge fans of doing it. Whatever the excuse might be, our Centralia, WA, dentists, Dr. Steven Ash and Dr. Brian Roberts, are here to tell you why you might just want to start flossing your teeth each and every day.

What’s the importance of flossing?

It probably doesn’t come as much of a shock that if you don’t care for your smile properly that plaque and tartar will continue to buildup on teeth and gums, which can lead to some pretty serious cavities and even gum disease. While brushing your teeth twice a day is a great way to remove plaque from the front and back surfaces of teeth it won’t be able to thoroughly clean between teeth. This is a job for floss. So, you can probably imagine what happens if you don’t floss, right?

If you don’t floss once a day this means that food, bacteria and plaque build up between teeth and there is nothing to properly remove it. Plaque will eventually harden into tartar, which cannot be removed except by our Centralia general dentist. This is why coming in twice a year for routine cleanings is a good idea for even the healthiest of smiles.

Are there any flossing tips you recommend?

If you go searching online about flossing you’ll probably get a laundry list of advice from different sources. Before you feel overwhelmed, it’s important to know that just flossing once a day is really all you need to do in order to get your teeth and gums clean. As long as you are flossing properly and thoroughly, this is all you need to do.

Some people may opt for traditional waxed or unwaxed floss while others may choose interdental cleaners. A lot will depend on whether you have braces, dental bridges or other dental work that may require a bit more care when it comes to cleanings. Whatever floss you choose is completely up to you and your personal preferences.

While you can also floss at any point of the day or night, it’s not a bad idea to consider flossing right before bedtime to keep food and plaque from remaining on teeth and gums overnight. Cleaning your teeth thoroughly before a long night’s rest is a good way to maintain optimal oral health.

Whether you have questions about flossing techniques or you need to schedule your six-month cleaning, turn to the dental professionals at Ash & Roberts in Centralia, WA, for the proper dentistry your smile needs to stay healthy for life.

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