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Flossing is as important as brushing when it comes to your oral health. Without flossing between teeth and around the gumline, gingivitis and cavities can creep into your smile. Flossing protects your smile as it removes dental plaque and prevents it from building up between your pearly whites and around your gumline.


This matters, and here’s why: Clinical Microbiology Reviews showed that dental plaque houses more than 1,000 bacteria which can negatively impact the gums, making them vulnerable to inflammation, swelling, and bleeding. When this happens, bacteria flourish and invite gingivitis into your smile. Untreated gingivitis leads to periodontal disease, allowing bacteria to enter your bloodstream and travel to the rest of your body, including the heart and lungs.


And it’s not just gingivitis that forms from lack of flossing. Cavities arise because of dental plaque that can’t be removed from brushing certain areas. Plaque then breaks down the tooth enamel in those areas between your teeth, giving cavities a way in.


Flossing supplements your brushing routine where your brush can’t clean. Flossing once a day at bedtime helps clear away leftover food particles and plaque along the gumline and between teeth, and benefits your smile, your oral health, and your overall health.


The most common method of flossing is using dental wax or dental floss to clean between the teeth and along the gumline. You just pull out an 18″ strip and wrap it around your index and middle fingers. Insert a section between your teeth, and slide up and down to remove food particles and oral debris (plaque). Floss gently around the gumline as you go. If you prefer, you can use other flossing tools such as water flossers, dental flossers, interdental brushes or even toothpicks.


If you have any questions about flossing, or you want to schedule your next professional cleaning, please call Family Dentistry and Orthodontics at 770-232-2783 today. Dr. Ami Desai and our team in Suwanee, Georgia, are here to support your healthy smile!