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You probably understand that there are a number of things you should do if you’d like to protect your smile. For example, you may already be aware that you should brush your pearly whites and schedule regular appointments with us. Similarly, flossing is important and will help protect your oral health. However, do you know exactly why flossing is so important?

Would you be surprised to learn that flossing is extremely important because it can prevent plaque buildup and clean your teeth? If you don’t floss, plaque and leftover food particles could irritate your gums. While this may not seem too problematic, it may eventually lead to tooth decay, which can lead to other problems. Furthermore, you shouldn’t try to remove plaque that is stuck between your pearly whites with a brush. If you don’t, you could develop different dental conditions like gum disease and cavities.

Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do that will help you get the most out of your flossing. For example, before you floss, please clean your hands. You should also remember to use around a foot and a half of floss each time. You should also remember to move the floss up and down your teeth as gently as possible. If you pull your floss back and forth, you could ultimately harm your gums. When you floss a different tooth, you should use a clean piece of floss. Finally, you might want to rinse your mouth out after flossing.

If you’re interested in hearing more about flossing in Springfield, Ohio, please give Smile Wright Dental a call at 937-322-5437. Our dentist, Dr. Amber N. Wright, and our team will be happy to assess your pearly whites and give you individualized dental advice. We look forward to hearing from you.