Dental Services in Hawthorne, Nutley & Surrounding Areas

Why Flossing Is Essential For A Healthy Smile

Just as regular teeth brushing removes plaque from surfaces of teeth and gums, flossing helps remove tartar and foods stuck in between these areas which toothbrushes cannot reach. We can deceive ourselves by saying that food doesn’t get stuck between our teeth, but unless we don’t chew anything at all, that is impossible. Even when we drink, residuals of drinks stain and get in between our teeth.

Unfortunately, our traditional toothbrushes cannot access those areas to clean it.

Flossing serves as an interdental cleaner between teeth and gums. Thus, we need to floss daily in order to:

  • prevent tartar buildup
  • reduce bad breath from the smell of food lodged in between teeth
  • prevent cavities, periodontal disease, and other common oral infections

What Difference Can Flossing Make?
Flossing has significant effects on both our oral and physical health, just as brushing twice a day does. It works in combination with brushing to help maintain a healthy mouth and body. Here are some ways that flossing makes a difference in your oral and overall health:

  • Aids brushing and fluoride to reduce the amount of bacteria in our mouth. With less plaque in between teeth and gums from flossing, the fluoride has more space to get in between teeth to fight bacteria.
  • Averts systemic health complications due to cavities or periodontal disease
  • Reduces the appearance of your real age by 6.4 years.

Early Dental Care Can Save You Money!

Brushing and flossing daily may cut dental care costs significantly. According to a study done by the Children Dental Health Project (CDHP), it compared dental care costs of children who began visiting their dentists before at 1 year of age up to 5 years of age. Dental care costs for those that saw their dentists after age 5 were 40% more than those that saw their dentists before 1 year of age.

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