The Need to Floss

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If you don’t floss regularly, you’re like most Americans. Only four in ten American adults floss on a regular basis (defined as once a day). Yet whenever you visit the dentist, you’re always asked if you floss. So why do so few people actually bother with flossing?

The most common complaint is that it takes too much time, but that’s not a good excuse. Let’s take a look at why Dr. J. Richard Burch wants you flossing and the benefits that come from it.

Why floss?

When you brush your teeth, you only clean about 65% of a tooth’s surface. That leaves 35% of the tooth uncleaned. Plaque buildup, cavities, and even gum disease can result from never thoroughly cleaning your teeth. Leaving 35% of your teeth’s surface uncleaned is almost asking for problems to arise.

It removes food

Food particles and other debris easily get stuck between your teeth. If you don’t remove this debris from between your teeth, they can erode the enamel and cause cavities. Flossing daily ensures that your teeth aren’t going to develop a cavity from any trapped particles of food.

Flossing only takes a few extra minutes each day and it’s easily accomplished before bed. Doing so ensures that your gums stay healthy, your teeth don’t develop, and your overall health stays in the best shape possible.

If you need help with flossing, or want to schedule an appointment, call us today at 816-822-0990. We can’t wait to help you!