Why is regular flossing important?

Flossing the teeth, just like brushing the teeth, is an important step in maintaining oral hygiene and keeping the smile healthy and beautiful. It should be done at least once a day to fight against the formation of tooth decay and the development of periodontal disease. With the help of Dr. Smith at NW Heights Dental of Portland in Oregon, patients can receive a proper education in how to floss their teeth effectively.

Why should I be flossing my teeth?

Many patients believe that by brushing their teeth after every meal and snack, they can keep tooth decay and periodontal disease from developing. However, sometimes food particles become trapped in-between the teeth. These food particles contribute to acids and bacteria development in the mouth, that in turn can cause serious and irreversible problems. Most importantly, patients need to pay close attention to the formation of plaque and tartar on the teeth surfaces. In fact, the American Dental Association finds that there are over 500 types of oral bacteria that may be found in the accumulation of plaque on the teeth. This means that the teeth are at a greater risk of developing in infection, such as gum disease, if plaque develops. By brushing and flossing regularly, patients can reduce these risks and improve overall oral health.

How often should I floss my teeth?

It is recommended that patients floss AT LEAST once a day, preferably at night, to remove food particles from between the teeth and improve oral health and wellness. In addition, patients should also visit their dental team every six month for a thorough evaluation and dental cleaning. These visits with our team are a great time for patients to ask Dr. Smith about the ways to properly floss to ensure effective results.

Learn how to properly floss your teeth and improve oral health

Contact Dr. Smith of NW Heights Dental of Portland today to book an initial evaluation. Our friendly front office team can schedule an appointment for you when you call our office at (503) 646-1463. We conveniently serve new and current patients and families in the area of Portland, Oregon.

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