You spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth, you always use an ADA-approved toothpaste, and you replace a toothbrush when its bristles show signs of wear. While this is an admirable commitment to cleaning your teeth, one important step is missing. If you want to fully protect your smile, you need to floss, as well as brush. At our St. Louis, MO dentist’s office, Dr. Johnson can make sure your teeth and gums are thoroughly cared for at every regular dental checkup. By flossing and brushing between visits, you can give yourself great support against oral health problems!
1. You Protect Hard-To-Reach Areas
Your dedication to brushing as thoroughly and effectively as possible will be important to your long-term oral health. With that said, it is important to recognize that brushing alone can make it hard to protect those hard-to-reach areas where your teeth meet. While these spaces can be hard to access with brush bristles, there can be plenty of space for oral bacteria to gather!
2. You Keep Your Gums Safe From An Infection
Flossing can keep you better protected against tooth decay, and less likely to need restorative dental work. This habit also helps you maintain your general dental health because it lowers your risk for gum disease. Removing bacteria that gather between teeth, and at your gum line, will keep you safe against possible infections.
3. You Keep Calculus From Forming
Why should you be worried about the formation of calculus? After all, between each semiannual checkup, you have plenty of opportunities to clean your teeth, and remove harmful substances. What you should be aware of is how persistent calculus deposits are once they form. While this material can be removed during a professional dental cleaning, your toothbrush is no match for calculus. By flossing and brushing consistently, and on a regular basis, you can make sure you are protected by removing plaque deposits before they have the opportunity to harden into calculus.
Magnolia Family Dental Can Help You In Your Fight To Protect Your Teeth
What steps are you currently taking to protect your smile against harmful cavities, and gum disease? Hopefully, you are engaging in regular brushing as well as flossing. Your flossing routine will give you an important extra level of support against oral health threats, and make it easier for you to sustain an attractive and healthy smile. In addition to taking great care of your teeth on your own, you can count on superior support at Magnolia Family Dental during every exam. Dr. Johnson is always proud to help families in and around St. Louis, MO keep their teeth and gums in great health! You can arrange your appointment with Dr. Johnson by calling Magnolia Family Dental at 314-822-4521.