Is Flossing as Important as Brushing?

Flossing Helps Create A Beautiful Smile

While many people may think flossing is recommended simply to remove annoying particles of food between the teeth, there is much more to it than that. Here at Meridian Dental Associates, we’re breaking down information on flossing and why it is important.

What is Flossing?

Interdental cleaning, otherwise known as flossing, is an essential part of proper oral home care. It is recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) to floss at least once a day after brushing. This is to prevent the hardening of plaque that may have been left behind after brushing and rinsing with mouthwash. Plaque that is allowed to stay on the teeth will harden into calculus and tartar, which can only be removed with a professional cleaning by your dental hygienist. Calculus, tartar, and plaque are essentially deposits of bacteria. When allowed to stay in the mouth, the bacteria can cause bad breath, cavities, and gum disease. It is always recommended to make regular trips to your dentist to have your cleanings and checkups done, usually every six months. During your cleaning, your dental hygienist will remove any plaque or tartar buildup and will give you a thorough cleaning of the mouth.

How to Floss

Be sure to follow these steps in order to ensure that your teeth are completely clean to prevent plaque or tartar buildup. Whether you floss before brushing or after brushing is of no consequence; it really just matters that you floss at least once a day. It is also recommended to have children begin flossing as soon as they have at least two teeth; this will help your child develop a positive and long-lasting relationship with maintaining their oral health at home.

Using the information you learned here today, you will be able to make more conscious decisions while making the best choices for your oral health. If you were a skeptic on flossing before, it can certainly be hoped that you now understand its importance.

Willow Glen Dental Center is here to provide you with top-notch dental care, both at home and in-office. For more information about our office or to get scheduled for an appointment in our San Jose dental office, give us a call.

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