The Importance of Flossing

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Did you know that flossing is possibly the most important way to prevent gum disease? Did you know that it is vital to cavity prevention as well? Well, it’s true! At Allen Pediatric Dentistry in Allen, Texas, our dental team wants to help you and your child have the best smile possible. That’s why we’ve prepared these tips for you about flossing.

Flossing should be done at least once each day. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at night so that food particles and plaque don’t linger upon teeth and gums while sleeping.

Flossing removes bacteria and plaque from hard-to-reach places in your child’s mouth – namely, the crevices of their teeth. If not removed, the bacteria can burrow into tooth enamel and cause cavities. Plaque is a sticky film that clings to teeth and gums. If the plaque is not removed, then it can harden into tartar, which is the main cause of gum disease. Tartar is very firm and sticks to your teeth. Only a dentist can properly remove it.

As you can see, flossing is essential when it comes to excellent oral health, especially for your child’s young smile. If you still have questions or feel it’s time for a dental checkup, please call us today at 972-535-8169 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jessie Hunter.