You’ve probably heard it from Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD general dentist all your life: “Floss every day.” And even though you’re probably tired of hearing it, you should definitely be doing it, in addition to brushing your teeth.
Why is flossing so important?
Think about it – while you are able to clean a lot of the surface area of your teeth with your toothbrush, those bristles just can’t get into those tight spaces between your teeth. That means you aren’t going to be able to get to bits of food that might get stuck there, which in turn allows the bacteria that causes plaque and tartar to build up. This, of course, can lead to problems such as cavities and while medical and dental science and technology has come a long way, tooth decay is still a serious matter – and having to get a cavity filled is still no fun.
Not only does flossing help you clear those spaces between your teeth, flossing can also help you clean and clear around the gum line.
And why is flossing around the gum line so important, you might ask?
Again, your toothbrush can’t get into tight spaces. Worse, you can damage your gums if you brush them too hard. Yet you need to remove those food particles and plaque that attracts the bacteria that can cause gingivitis, a condition that causes your gums to become sore, red, swollen, and in more severe cases, can cause them to bleed.
Gingivitis left untreated can lead to more serious problems such as periodontis which is not only nasty, but can cause tooth and bone loss.
However, flossing, if done correctly – gently and thoroughly – will help you to clean those hard to reach spaces. This will help reduce the bacteria that cause gingivitis, which can in turn lead to more serious problems such as periodontis, which can cause tooth and bone loss.
Another point to consider is that the same bacteria that can cause bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease can also contribute to more serious health issues, such as heart disease.
It is also important to floss correctly. Your Vermillion general dentist at Knutson Family Dentistry can help you with that.
If you are in the Vermillion, SD area and are seeking the services of a qualified general dentist, you might check with Knutson Family Dentistry, located at 1714 E. Cherry Street in Vermillion. For more information call 605-624-6291 or 605-857-8008 or visit the website.