Flossing is the most important thing you can do for your smile. Yes, you read that correctly. Now, if this shocks or surprises you, that means you truly do not know the benefits of flossing. You see, dental floss is the only tool designed to scrape away plaque from the teeth. Dental plaque is a dangerous substance that collects on the teeth throughout every single day. If you have ever run your tongue over your teeth at the end of the day and felt a fuzzy film coating them, then you know exactly what plaque feels like. And if you have ever scraped white stuff off from the sides of your teeth, then you know exactly what plaque looks like. It is a gross, sticky substance, and it is dangerous to your smile if it is not removed.
Dental plaque is made up of acid-producing bacteria. When the oral bacteria within your mouth come into contact with the tiny particles of food and sugars that are left behind after you eat and drink, they cause a chemical reaction to occur and produce plaque. Because plaque is made up of acid-producing bacteria, the longer it remains on your teeth the more damage this substance can cause. Acids are notorious for eating their way through anything in their path, and when they begin eating through your tooth enamel they cause cavities and decay. When plaque hardens on the teeth, it turns into tartar that can only be removed through professional scraping at your dentist’s office.
Another result of allowing plaque and tartar to buildup is gum disease. Gum disease is a serious dental condition that can cause irreversible damage to your smile and negative effects to your overall health.
For a brighter, healthier, and more beautiful smile, it is essential that you are flossing your teeth on a daily basis. If you are not, your teeth are not as clean as you think they are. Contact Heritage Dental today to schedule a dental cleaning for a fresh start. With a clean slate, your teeth can benefit immediately from implementing flossing into your daily routine.