How Flossing Can Improve Your Oral Health and Wellness
While we think of brushing as the primary method of cleaning the teeth, it is important that you do not forget to also floss between your teeth. Flossing is critical to removing food particles between the teeth that can become stuck and might not be accessible with a toothbrush. At Broadway Family Dentistry of Minot, ND, Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen believe in educating patients, young and old, about the benefits of flossing their teeth and how it impacts oral health.
How does flossing improve your dental health?
Our team at Broadway Family Dentistry encourages patients to consider the benefits of flossing. Below are just a few of the advantages that flossing has:
- Removes bacteria and food particles from hard-to-reach areas. Bacteria can contribute to periodontal disease, leading to irreversible damage to the smile. Additionally, food trapped between teeth can also cause the formation of decay or infection.
- Prevents plaque buildup. Plaque is a sticky substance that develops on the teeth and can harden into tartar and calculus. Flossing and brushing both help in preventing the buildup of plaque and keeping the surfaces of the teeth and gums clean.
- Decreases risk of gum disease and cavities. Overall, flossing helps in the same way as brushing, as it reduces one’s chances of developing periodontitis and tooth decay.
- Helps keep your breath fresh. Bad breath, also referred to medically as halitosis, is a condition that can be very embarrassing, especially when it becomes a chronic issue. Flossing removes food particles from between the teeth that can contribute to bad breath.
Incorporating flossing into your daily oral care routine is essential for maintaining overall oral health.
Don’t skip out on flossing! The team at Broadway Family Dentistry in Minot, ND, encourages you to be prudent about brushing and flossing your teeth while maintaining routine dental visits for examinations and cleanings. If you are looking for a new dental team, call Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Broadway Family Dentistry to learn more. The practice can be reached at 701-839-1299 to request a visit with the help of our front office team.