Don't Neglect Your Flossing

What your dentists in Yorktown, Illinois want you to know about the importance of flossing.flossing

Chances are you’ve seen the advertisements on television and heard the lectures about flossing. Are you wondering what is so important about flossing? The truth is flossing can help you keep your teeth and save your smile. Dr. Paul Singh and Dr. Manpreet Singh at York Towne Dental in Yorkville, IL want to share the facts about why it’s dangerous to ignore flossing.

When you brush your teeth, brushing cleans the visible surfaces of your teeth, but brushing can’t reach deep in between your teeth where plaque can hide. That’s where flossing can help because the floss cleans deep down between your teeth where decay and gum disease often starts.

The goal of brushing and flossing is to remove plaque as thoroughly as possible, as frequently as you can. That’s because plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria that produce toxins strong enough to cause disease to your teeth, supporting bone, and your gums, in the form of tooth decay, gum disease and if left untreated periodontal disease.

You should be flossing at least once each day, more often if you have periodontal disease. You can use a single piece of floss, or floss picks if you have arthritis or dexterity issues. Clean in between each tooth by wrapping the floss around the wide part of your tooth as you go down toward the gumline. The wrapping technique is important because it ensures you adhere to the tooth surface and clean thoroughly between your teeth and gums.

If you ignore flossing, you are risking your smile. How frequently you floss is directly related to preventing tooth decay, gum disease and bone loss in between your teeth. To find out more about flossing and other preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental topics call Drs. Manpreet and Paul Singh at York Towne Dental in Yorkville, IL today!