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Your oral health is a keystone to excellent physical health, and your daily brushing and flossing routine is a key to maintaining your healthy smile. In many cases the health of your gums is directly related to how often you floss as well as how effective your technique is.

Every time you eat food particles inevitably become stuck in your teeth and along your gum line. If they are not removed in short order bacteria can go to work transforming them into plaque. Over time plaque can harden into tartar. Tartar at the gum line introduces bacteria to gums, which eventually leads to gingivitis and more advanced forms of gum disease.

If left unchecked tartar can also damage tissues and lead to bone loss in the bones that anchor your teeth.

Flossing at least two times per day can help remove food deposits and bacteria before they have a chance to develop into plaque.

When flossing, be careful not to force the floss between your teeth as this can injure your gums. You want to work the floss gently between your teeth and using a U shape. Be sure to floss between the teeth and also work the floss up into the gum line to clear away food particles and plaque that your toothbrush is unable to reach.

Taking the extra time to incorporate a diligent flossing routine in your daily oral regimen will help you achieve a healthier smile that can last a lifetime. If you would like to learn more about flossing please call our office at 651-739-1894 to schedule an appointment. We’re always happy to answer your questions!