The short answer: YES!
The long answer:
We’ve heard it a million times–brush twice a day and floss once a day. Brushing twice a day is pretty widely practiced, but for some reason when it comes to flossing, many of us decide to skip it. So why does your dentist insist?
Brushing your teeth cleans the tops and outer surfaces of your teeth. What it misses, though, are the tiny bits of food that have lodged themselves in the tight spaces between your teeth and in the spaces between your teeth and gums.
If food stays in those places, it hardens over time and forms tartar. Tartar can only be removed by your dentist. If left unchecked, tartar buildup can lead to swollen, red gums which is the first stage of gingivitis. Continuing from there, it can turn into periodontitis and cause tooth and bone loss.
Even more important to remember, your oral health affects more than just your mouth. It’s been noted that oral hygiene can affect how your body deals with diseases in the rest of your body.
Flossing plays an absolutely vital role in keeping your mouth clean every day. By skipping it, you’re putting your oral hygiene in jeopardy and consequently, your overall health, too.
For more information on the importance of flossing, or to make an appointment with your Orlando dentist, fill out the appointment request online or give us a call at 407-907-6512.