By flossing consistently and thoroughly, you protect hard-to-reach portions of your teeth from oral health trouble. While brushing is certainly important, the bristles are less effective at removing harmful plaque, bacteria, and food debris from those small spaces. If you floss on a regular basis, you may feel that you have nothing to worry about, but it should be noted that a less effective routine can still leave you in a situation where you may require restorative dental work in the future. If you want to know how to make the most of your practice, you can talk with Dr. Goguen during a routine dental exam at our Upton, MA dental office.

Flossing Protects The Spaces Between Teeth

Every part of every tooth deserves protection from decay. When you brush, you can cover a considerable amount of your smile in your effort to remove all unwelcome agents like food debris and bacteria. Unfortunately, a toothbrush is less than ideal for clearing out harmful debris between your teeth. A buildup of plaque in these spaces can become a potential cavity risk, and pose a threat for periodontal disease. To address this threat, take the time to floss thoroughly. You should perform this practice at least one time each day. When you do, make sure you clean by moving the string vertically. Only performing horizontal movements can leave vulnerable areas, like the base of your teeth, poorly treated.

Flossing Gives You More Periodontal Support

Flossing is an important part of periodontal health care. Gingivitis occurs when bacteria move beneath your gums, and create an infection. Even though the spaces between your teeth are tight, they leave plenty of space for bacteria. By flossing on a daily basis, you can remove these destructive agents before they have a chance to form plaque and tartar, and before they can infiltrate your gums.

Our Practice Can Help You Avoid Frustrating Dental Health Issues

At every routine dental exam, you can receive a careful review of your smile in addition to an expert teeth cleaning. The goal during a checkup is to see if there are any problems affecting your oral health that should be addressed. Of course, the goal is also to make sure you have no issues at your next dental exam. Your checkups create valuable opportunities to discuss your typical smile care routine, and a chance to look for potential improvements you can make. By making those improvements, you are less likely to return to the dentist’s and find out that you need a dental filling, or even a dental crown!

Talk To Dr. Goguen About Flossing And Your Smile!

At our Upton, MA dental practice, Dr. Goguen is ready to help patients who are concerned about their oral health routines! We can provide effective tips on brushing and flossing, so you can do a great job protecting your teeth at home. For more information, please call our Upton dental practice at 508-529-4591 to schedule a visit.


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