Have you ever wondered if there's really any benefit to passing a thin piece of floss between your teeth? Midtown, GA, dentists Drs. Laura Koch, Andrew Soulimiotis and Sunny Patel of Dentistry For Midtown explore the subject.
Isn't brushing good enough?
Brushing your teeth in the morning and evening is an excellent way to remove plaque, a colorless, sticky film that causes tooth decay. Plaque doesn't just form on the areas of your teeth you can see, but also builds up between your teeth. Flossing gets rid of plaque, reducing your risk of developing cavities.
Getting rid of plaque also helps decrease your risk of developing periodontal (gum) disease. If you ignore plaque, it turns into a very hard deposit called tartar. The deposit irritates your gums and can eventually cause them to pull away from your teeth and form deep pockets. You may eventually lose teeth if the infected pockets aren't treated and reduced. Flossing loosens plaque, preventing it from turning into tartar.
How often should I floss?
You'll only need to floss once each day. Of course, if you notice a poppy seed or piece of broccoli stuck between your teeth, you'll probably want to do a little emergency flossing it. Flossing can also help you keep your breath fresher. Although a stuck poppy seed is very noticeable, you won't be able to see all of the particles that can linger in the spaces between teeth. If you don't floss, those tiny food particles can begin to smell, which will affect your breath odor.
What kind of floss should I buy from Midtown stores?
The type of floss that looks like string is generally better if you have tight spaces between your teeth. Flat, broad flossing tape is ideal if you have wider spaces between teeth. Waxed floss and tape usually doesn't shred as much as unwaxed varieties, but either type of floss will do a good job of removing plaque between teeth.
Protect your teeth by flossing every day and visiting Dentistry For Midtown every six months for a cleaning and an exam. If it's time for your next checkup, call Midtown, GA, dentists Drs. Koch, Soulimiotis and Patel at (404) 249-1716 to make an appointment.