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The Importance of Flossing

April 18th, 2016

You have heard it countless times before, and probably by your dentist, that flossing is an integral aspect of a healthy smile. Most individuals tend to let this advice go into one ear and out of the other. It is simply because they do not realize what effects flossing can have on their teeth.
How Not Flossing Affects Your Teeth
The area where your teeth and gums meet is a where tiny particles of food like to hide out. No matter how many times you brush your teeth or rinse with mouthwash, nothing can get these particles out like flossing. Some begin to experience constant bad breath because of these left over food particles even after brushing their teeth. Those food particles begin to rot, as all food does, and leaves behind a bad odor emitting from your mouth.
If the particles remain then tarter will begin to form which leads to gingivitis. Your gums then become red and swollen. It is very uncomfortable and over time gingivitis will lead to periodontitis and results in tooth loss.
Individuals can be shocked to find that their oral health can affect other parts of their body as well. Studies have shown that poor oral health leads to other illnesses such as diabetes and heath disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States while diabetes affects millions.
Considering that flossing only takes a few minutes to do every day, it can save you plenty of heartache further down the road.
El Segundo Dentist
Make sure you are caring for your teeth by scheduling regular visits with your dentist. Residents in the El Segundo and Carson area can look to Avalon Dental Care for their oral health needs. Contact our office today.
El Segundo (310)640-3500
Carson (310)830-3500

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