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Dentist in Orlando, FL
Marcia Martinez, D.M.D.
5180 Curry Ford Road
Orlando, FL 32812
(407) 273-6620
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By Marcia Martinez, D.M.D.
June 20, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Are you a faithful flosser? Even people who brush consistently don't always floss daily. In fact, 32 percent of Americans never floss, oral hygieneaccording to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Our Orlando, FL, family dentist, Dr. Marcia Martinez, shares a few benefits you'll enjoy if you floss regularly.

Fewer cavities

Cavities don't just develop on the chewing surfaces of teeth, but can also form on the sides of your teeth. Brushing your teeth removes plaque, the bacterial film that causes cavities, but brushing alone won't remove every speck of plaque. Dental floss and interdental brushes, readily available in Orlando stores, are the only tools that are designed to slide into the tight spaces between teeth. Flossing daily gets rid of plaque and helps prevent tooth decay between teeth. Flossing is particularly important if you eat sugary foods or high-carbohydrate foods often. The longer your teeth are exposed to the sugar in the foods, the higher your risk of cavities.

Better breath

Brushing won't dislodge the tiny particles of food that can get stuck between teeth. If they aren't removed, they'll start to decay in your mouth and produce a very unpleasant aroma. Flossing regularly ensures that your breath is as fresh as it can be.

Flossing reduces gum disease

When you never floss or only floss occasionally, tartar may build up on your gum line. Tartar is the hard deposit that forms when you don't remove plaque from teeth. Tartar is very irritating to the gums and can cause gingivitis, the first phase of gum disease, or periodontitis, a serious gum infection. Because gum disease can increase your risk of tooth loss, brushing and flossing often are particularly important.

Fewer long-term complications and dental bills

Fillings restore teeth, but they also tend to weaken them, particularly if they're large. Eventually, you may need crowns to protect the teeth or even root canals if bacteria has entered teeth through cracks in the filling. When you floss, you not only lower your cavity risk, but also avoid costly dental treatments.

Daily flossing, in addition to regular dental visits, are essential for your oral health. Call our Orlando, FL, family dentist, Dr. Martinez, at (407) 273-6620 if it's time to schedule your next appointment.