Despite the best efforts of dentists, many people continue to underestimate the importance of flossing. But just like brushing our teeth, flossing every day is necessary to maintain good oral health and prevent gum disease, the biggest cause of tooth loss for adults. Dr. Alan Myers advises patients to find a convenient time of day to floss, such as in the mornings or before bed, in order to form a long-term habit of flossing as part of a daily oral hygiene routine.
Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment in Augusta, GA
Many people wonder if flossing is really necessary, especially if we brush our teeth a few times per day. But have you ever wondered how a dentist can somehow sense whether you have been flossing or not between appointments? Dentists can definitely tell whether a person has been flossing or not the moment they look at their gums.
The two byproducts of poor oral hygiene, gum inflammation (gingivitis) and tooth decay, result from bacteria and plaque buildup between two teeth and in pockets that form between teeth and the gums, where a toothbrush can't reach. Flossing cleans in between teeth and helps to prevent the buildup of plaque causing biofilm, and ultimately gum disease if left untreated. The best oral hygiene and healthcare routines consist of brushing after meals, flossing every day and scheduling regular check ups and dental cleanings.
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When combined with regular dental exams and professional cleanings, a good oral hygiene routine at home that includes daily flossing is the best way to protect your teeth and gums from decay and periodontal disease. For more information on how to keep your smile looking its best, contact Myers Family Dental in Augusta, GA by calling (706) 738-7742 to schedule an appointment today.