Flossing can be a bit of a chore. It takes a little extra time, and if you haven’t flossed in a while, it can even be painful. It’s no wonder our team at the Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria is constantly reminding our patients to brush and floss!
Flossing is vital to your dental health. You’ll never hear one of us say ‘don’t worry about the flossing,’ and for two critical reasons.
1. Bad Breath
Bad breath is something we all worry about. It’s part of our appearance, and we are all aware of how that can influence our relationships.
It makes sense, then, that bad breath would be one of the things you might worry about.
Flossing is a great way to help you avoid bad breath.
Flossing helps you avoid plaque buildup between your teeth. It also helps flush out pockets of bacteria. Together, plaque and bacteria can create bad breath.
When bacteria is allowed to build up on your teeth, tooth decay can occur. Plaque buildup is a concentration of bacteria. When plaque is allowed to remain between your teeth it gives bacteria a chance to destroy enamel and damage your teeth. Cavities are damage to your teeth caused by bacteria.
Flossing gets between your teeth where your brush can’t reach, and cleans away plaque buildup. It also loosens pockets of bacteria that can be removed with a quick rinse.
Flossing will help you keep plaque and bacteria from developing between your teeth.
At Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria, we recommend flossing every time you brush your teeth. Our services include family and restorative dentistry. Call our office to schedule your next checkup today!