Do I really need to floss every day?

October 16, 2021 by Everton Hills Admin
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Our Dentist Everton Hills is often asked this question and our answer is yes. Flossing is an essential part of any dental care routine, along with tooth brushing and need to floss everyday for maintaining a healthy diet and nutrition.

The main cause of gum disease and of tooth cavities is the build up of plaque on teeth and around gums. We need to floss everyday for removing food and plaque that enters places where the bristles of your toothbrush cannot reach. However thoroughly you brush, it is simply not possible to reach in between teeth through brushing alone. This means that areas will inevitably be missed.

Why is plaque such a big deal?

Plaque develops when foods that contain carbohydrates are left on the teeth for an extended period. This can include both sugary and starchy foods, including soft drinks, sweets, or even bread and pasta. The issue with plaque or tartar is that it is full of bacteria that can become acidic.

The acid caused by plaque can then wear down tooth enamel. It can also result in gum disease, also known as gingivitis. If left in place, it can form into a hard outer layer called calculus. At this point, teeth may require a professional clean by a Dentist McDowall or dentist Arana Hills.

Is it a need to floss everyday?

Gum disease is unpleasant and can be associated with inflammation, swelling and bleeding gums that may bleed with little provocation, such as when you brush. It can also develop into a more serious condition known as periodontal disease.

Periodontitis can lead to a loss of bone that holds the teeth in place and in very advanced forms, this can lead to tooth loosening and even tooth loss. It has also been associated with certain other health conditions such as dementia.

There is also potential for plaque to lead to bad breath or tooth decay. In the worst cases, it can wear away your teeth through the enamel and even infect the soft pulp inside. This may subsequently require a root canal treatment at your dentist near me.

What to do if you have gum disease, tooth decay or built-up plaque

Sometimes, if left too long, it can be hard to remove plaque at home. The unpleasant symptoms associated with tooth decay and gum disease may also call for a professional treatment or dentistry solution with a Dentist Everton Park, Dentist Everton Hills, or Dentist Ferny Hills.

Your dentist Gaythorne can undertake a thorough clean using special dental tools. They are not available to the general public to give your teeth a deep hygienic clean like never before. They can provide tailored advice on the correct methods of flossing and the type of floss to use.

Your Dentist Keperra can also assist with providing treatments for tooth decay or discolouration. The treatements are dental crowns, teeth whitening, dental bridges, dental implants, dental veneers, and white fillings. Contact Everton Hills Dental (07) 3354 1448 today to put your oral health first or visit through our Instagram or Facebook pages.

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