Flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing them, which is why we always remind our patients to floss at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. We’re using this short blog post to review the best reasons to floss.
- Flossing and gum disease. Since dental floss gets into areas your toothbrush cannot reach, it is an important part of preventing gum disease. Just as filmy plaque forms on the surfaces of teeth, it gets between them, too. It hardens into tarter, and in time can result in gum disease. By removing it daily with dental floss, you go a long way toward heading off gum disease.
- Flossing and systemic diseases. Your dental health is linked to your overall health, and flossing plays an important role. It has a positive impact on such potentially deadly diseases as diabetes, respiratory diseases, and heart disease.
- Flossing and bad breath. This may seem like small potatoes compared to the above, but bad breath afflicts a lot of people. Brushing your teeth isn’t enough to eliminate it. Flossing will get the gunk that builds up between your teeth and contributes to bad breath.
At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we recommend flossing your teeth at least once every day, and brushing at least twice. Flossing before bedtime is best. Patients from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay come to our practice to maintain good dental health with general and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today!