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Why is it important to floss my teeth?

If you want your teeth to be as healthy as they can be, you should floss at least once a day to remove plaque from the surface and in between your teeth. Obviously brushing is important, but it works hand-in-hand with flossing.

This is because your toothbrush cannot get into all those hard-to-reach areas between teeth. Flossing is necessary because it cleans all the nooks and crannies that you can’t reach with a toothbrush. If plaque is not removed from these areas, it will harden and form calculus/tartar, which contributes to gum disease. Also, the food debris in plaque gets eaten by bacteria, which causes acid to be produced, which in turn causes cavities in your teeth.

It’s also essential to visit a dental hygienist twice a year (more often if indicated) for professional cleanings. Think of these visits as a tune-up – you maintain your oral hygiene at home, and every six months we’ll give you a fresh start with a thorough dental cleaning.

If it’s been a while since you’ve had a dental cleaning, please call Gill Dental to arrange an appointment. As part of your cleaning, we will also instruct you about the most effective ways to brush and floss.

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