Yes, You Should Floss

When’s the last time you were able to truthfully tell you dentist, “I brush my teeth every day.” Instead, you nervously laugh and lie about your habits, even though your dentist can clearly tell you don’t floss as often as you should. We’re all guilty of not doing things we know we should be doing, especially when it comes to our health.

Your dentist keeps pestering you to floss your teeth because flossing reaches areas that brushing your teeth alone cannot reach. It helps prevent a build up of plaque, which is colorless and it’s easy to seed why people would assume simply brushing their teeth would do the trick. But, it’s important to remember that plaque is made up of bacteria formed from sugar. The mouth is a dark, damp place, so plaque is constantly forming.

If plaque is left to grow and fester in your mouth, it can eventually harden and turn yellow or brown. At this point, you will need professional help from a dentist. Your oral health is our number one concern at Foothill Dental Care. This means helping you prevent your condition from getting worse. If you are interested in coming in for a scale and polish to remove tartar or plaque, call Foothill Dental Care in Livermore at (925) 961-5484 to schedule an appointment today.

There are many ways to prevent tartar build up. If tartar goes untreated, it can lead to a disease called gingivitis.

It is recommended that you floss as carefully as you can to protect your gums and teeth. At Foothill Dental Care, we are more than willing to show you the proper flossing technique to keep your gums and teeth safe. If it has been over a year since you last saw an orthodontist, then it is recommended that you make an appointment for a checkup. Call (925) 961-5484 now to schedule an appointment at Foothill Dental Care in Livermore.

Don’t forget to brush twice a day, brush your tongue, and floss at least once.