Flossing is an Essential Part of Your Dental Health Routine
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should clean between your teeth at least once a day, every day. Flossing is essential to preventing cavities and gum disease.
How Does Flossing Help?
When you brush your teeth, you remove a sticky film called plaque. Plaque contains bacteria that feed on leftover food or sugar in your mouth. When that happens, it releases an acid that can eat away at the outer shell of your teeth and cause cavities. Brushing alone, however, doesn’t remove all the plaque from your mouth. Flossing is necessary to get at the plaque between your teeth. If the plaque is not removed, it will harden and become a rough substance called tartar. Tartar collects along your gum line and can lead to gum disease and can only be removed by your dentist.
Is It Better to Floss Before or After Brushing?
When it comes to flossing, the most important thing is that it gets done. Before or after brushing or time of day doesn’t have an effect on the benefits of flossing as long as you do a thorough job. Pick a time of day that works best for you. If you’re too tired in the evening, floss in the morning. If you don’t have a lot of time in the morning, do it in the evening. Just be sure to do it!
Make an Appointment with Your Dentist to Maintain Oral Health
Making regular visits to your dentist is the key to maintaining good dental health. Dr. Michael L. McKeel, DMD., has almost 50 years of experience providing oral health services in the Gresham community. Our friendly staff is very family-oriented and are committed to helping our patients achieve the best possible dental care! Visit McKeel Family Dentistry in Gresham to meet the needs of your family’s complete oral health. We offer a wide range of dental services, including dental implants, exams and cleanings, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and much more. To learn more about our services or to schedule an exam, please contact us or call us at (503) 665-8888.