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Flossing is one of the best things you can do to keep your oral health at the right levels. From cleaning teeth to removing plaque, it’s an indispensable part of your oral health routine. However, the majority of people don’t floss on a regular basis.

Today, we’re going to look at why it’s so important, as well as ways you can begin to floss more effectively.

Why bother flossing?
The reason that nearly every dentist in the country pushes flossing so much is that it cleans parts of your teeth that can’t otherwise be reached. Brushing only cleans about two-thirds of a tooth’s surface. Flossing gets the rest. It also removes plaque, which is the number-one cause of cavities and gum disease.

How do I floss better?
Something that Dr. Roy A. Smith, III hears often is that flossing hurts. That’s certainly true if you haven’t done it consistently. The first step to flossing better is to do so on a regular basis. After two or three days, you won’t notice the irritation in your gums as much.

After that, you need to make sure you floss at least once per day. The team here at Rocky Ridge Dental Associates in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, recommends you floss at night before bed. That way, any food, plaque, or other debris that could cause a problem while you sleep, is removed. And you’ll wake up with much better breath in the morning.

That’s really all there is to flossing better. It’s easy, and it’ll make a huge difference in your life. To learn more, or to make an appointment, call us today at 205-979-8070.