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I brush every day; do I really need to floss?

There’s a saying in dentistry that “you only need to floss the teeth you want to keep,” which tells you what you need to know about the importance of flossing! 

If you already brush twice a day, you’re off to a great start! However, your toothbrush can only do so much, and it certainly can’t reach all the surfaces between your teeth to get rid of plaque and tartar.

Brushing and Flossing Work Together

Your brush and floss need to work together to be effective. It’s critical to remove bacteria-filled plaque from all your tooth surfaces because that’s how cavities and gum disease develop.

Add flossing to your routine, and you can be confident you are doing everything you can at home to keep your teeth clean and your gums healthy. 

Floss Once Per Day and Do It Right!

The good news is that you only need to floss once per day. Doing it correctly is the key, so ask your dentist or hygienist for tips on getting the most out of your efforts. Your whole flossing routine shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes a day, and you can consider the time spent as an investment in healthy teeth and gums.

Schedule Your Next Teeth Cleaning Appointment

It really is possible to avoid cavities and gum disease this way, as long as you back up your efforts with professional teeth cleanings with a hygienist every six months. If you are due or even overdue for your next hygiene appointment, call our Mesquite, TX dental office to schedule.

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