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We all know that good oral health is an imperative to keeping your teeth free of cavities, your breath smelling fresh, and of course, warding off effects of gum disease.

However, one oral health technique often overlooked is flossing. Even though your dentist in Dallas, Texas, will ask you during each checkup how often you floss, only four in ten Americans floss on a regular basis – once a day.

Flossing is important to great oral health, and as we lay out its benefits we hope to encourage you to become better at flossing.

Removes debris

Flossing is first and foremost the best way to remove debris stuck between your teeth. From bits of food to most anything else, it’s easy to end up with debris lodged in hard-to-reach places. If you leave it there, it can cause cavities, tooth decay, and even gum disease.

Removes plaque

When you brush your teeth, only about 65% of a tooth’s surface is cleaned with your brush. Flossing with clean the other 35%, and more importantly, floss helps clean up plaque around your gum line. If you let plaque accumulate, you can end up with gingivitis and tooth decay. Flossing – a very simple activity – prevents all of that from happening.

As you can see, flossing is hugely beneficial to your oral health. If you have questions about flossing, please don’t hesitate to call us today at 972.616.0060.