Glendale Dentist Explains the Importance of Flossing to Manage Plaque Accumulation in Your Mouth

Written by Dr. McKay on Aug 4, 2014

The key to preventing dental decay and gum disease is to minimize the amount of plaque that is able to accumulate on your teeth and oral tissues. Daily dental hygiene and professional dental cleanings work to clear plaque away and to keep your mouth clean, so how can you maximize the effectiveness of your dental hygiene routine?

Our Glendale dentists have found that many patients neglect one important step in their daily dental hygiene routines—flossing. You’ve probably already heard that flossing is important and that you should do it at least once a day. But maybe you’ve struggled to get into the habit of flossing regularly and consistently. Well this is a great chance for you to reassess your dental hygiene routine and commit to flossing!

Flossing removes plaque in a way that regular brushing cannot. You see, as you move your toothbrush over you teeth in circular motions, you clean plaque from the flat surfaces of your dental enamel. However, the sides of your teeth—and the spaces between your teeth—are often left untouched. That’s where floss comes in—floss removes plaque from those hard to reach places in your smile.

When you neglect flossing, your smile may look bright and healthy, but plaque is building up and wreaking havoc between your teeth. This plaque leads to dental cavities, and to gum disease. Take the time to floss your teeth at least once a day—most patients find that it’s easiest to fit it in before bed. You’ll be amazed at how much cleaner and fresher your mouth feels!

Our Glendale dentist office is here to help you get the preventative and restorative dentistry that you really need. Give us a call to schedule your consultation and get started—you deserve a smile that will shine for years to come!