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By Reep Family Dental
February 11, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: flossing  

Why Do I Need to Floss? Flossing can keep your teeth and gums healthy.

So, what’s the big deal about flossing? You brush your teeth, isn’t that enough? The short answer is no, brushing only cleans part of flossingyour teeth; a toothbrush will never be able to clean in between your teeth. Often, that’s where a cavity will start. Your dentist, Dr. Nic Reep in Yakima, Washington wants you to know why flossing is so important to the health of your teeth and gums.

When you eat food, the hidden sugars in food combine with the normal bacteria in your mouth to form an acid. This acid is strong enough to eat through your tooth enamel. After the acid has eaten through your enamel, which is the hardest substance in your body, it will eat through the dentin underneath. That’s when you have a cavity that needs to be filled. If you let things go, the acid will eat through to the pulp and then you need a root canal. If you floss daily, you can prevent the formation of acid which causes the decay. You can stop decay in its tracks!

Dr. Reep wants you to know it isn’t just your teeth that benefit from flossing. It’s also your gums. If you don’t floss, bacteria-laden plaque builds up between your teeth. If the plaque and bacteria are left alone, toxins will form which start infecting your gums. Your gum inflammation can destroy the soft and hard tissue that holds your teeth in place. Pretty soon, that tiny crevice you should have been flossing has turned into a deep pocket, almost impossible for you to clean. You now have periodontal disease.

Don’t wait to start flossing. You can keep your teeth and gums healthy so that you can avoid:

  • Bacterial acid causing decay in between your teeth
  • Deep decay turning into the need for a root canal or extraction
  • Plaque in between your teeth turning into gum inflammation
  • Gum inflammation resulting in periodontal disease

Flossing is an important way to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but you need to see your dentist regularly too. Don’t procrastinate! Make an appointment with Dr. Nic Reep in Yakima, Washington. He will help you protect your teeth and gums. Call him today and find out more about what he can do for you!