Flossing is an integral part of your oral hygiene routine. Flossing can help remove debris, food particles, and bacteria between the teeth. Not flossing regularly can cause debris to turn into tartar and plaque, and may eventually lead to complex dental issues like dental caries and gum disease. General dentist Dr. Melissa Elliot, DDS of Lazer & Associates Family Dentistry in Fallston, MD believes prevention dentistry is an important part of any successful dental practice. Our Fallston dental practice will work with you to develop an oral hygiene routine that helps improve the health of your teeth.
The Benefits of Flossing
Avoiding gum disease
Not flossing daily can possible]ly lead to the development of gingivitis. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can lead to the development of periodontal disease. The periodontal disease requires extensive treatment to help restore the health of your gums. Periodontal disease can lead to shifting teeth and even missing teeth. It is important to visit Dr. Elliot if you are experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease. Flossing helps remove plaque and tartar that can stick to your teeth and cause tooth decay and gingivitis.
Minimize the chance of developing cavities
Cavities can develop between teeth of plaque and food particles are not properly removed. Brushing alone can not reach the bacteria between the teeth. It is important to incorporate flossing into your oral hygiene routine to make sure the appropriate mouth of bacteria and debris is being removed from the mouth every day.
Helps combat bad breath
Bad breath can develop if you are not properly cleaning your mouth and teeth. Flossing removes food particles and debris that brushing can not reach. If food particles and debris are not properly removed, it can lead to tooth decay which may lead to bad breath. Maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine can benefit your oral health in the long run.
Saves money in the long run
Developing an excellent oral hygiene routine is part of preventive dental care. By maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine, you can minimize your chance of developing complex dental problems. complex dental problems may lead to lengthy, costly dental treatments. If you aren’t sure if you are following a proper oral hygiene routine, feel free to ask Dr. Elliot about what you can improve on.
Schedule An Appointment
Dr. Melissa Elliot at Lazer & Associates Family Dentistry in Fallston, MD is committed to helping you improve your oral health. We also recommend that patients to visit our Fallston dental office if they haven’t visited the dentist for their twice yearly preventive care exam. If you are looking for an experienced general and family dentist, visit Dr. Elliot. You can schedule an appointment online or call (410) 994-2627