Flossing is vital for your healthy smile as healthy teeth and gums are no accident. In fact, flossing is key to keeping your pearly whites in top notch condition because it reaches those crucial areas that a toothbrush simply cannot. Today our team at Lawrence Gerhart DDS is pleased to offer our patients in Tucson, Arizona some flossing tips to help you maintain a healthier smile. Let’s take a look!
Along with daily brushing, flossing is a basic oral hygiene step which should not be neglected. Trapped food particles and oral bacteria can become wedged in your teeth, contributing to plaque buildup and causing tooth decay. Even if you don’t have food particles stuck in your teeth, the sticky film of bacteria and plaque can build up and harden into tartar, contributing to the development of cavities. If you have cavities that are left untreated, you could risk tooth loss, gum disease, and eventually, bone loss.
Once plaque has hardened into tartar, it will need to be removed by your dentist, Dr. Lawrence Gerhart. This is one reason why your six-month dental cleanings are so important to maintaining a healthy smile. As you can imagine, if you don’t floss your teeth for six months, you are risking gum disease with its painful and costly consequences. You can easily help to avoid the ravages of gum disease and tooth decay by flossing nightly before bedtime.
If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, or if it is time for a dental cleaning, please please call us today at 520-326-5442 to set up an appointment. We look forward to helping you keep your smile healthy and beautiful!