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About 80% of American adults don’t floss, which is an alarmingly high number. While your dentist likely reminds you to floss regularly, many people just don’t. It does add a few minutes to your daily oral health regimen, but that time is negligible when you realize how much flossing benefits your overall health.

Cleans where the brush can’t reach

Floss’s biggest benefit is that it cleans where your toothbrush can’t reach. Plaque builds up around your gum line and in between your teeth. While your brush can reach a few of these places, floss gets into the nooks and crannies and effectively removes plaque. If you don’t remove this plaque on a regular basis, it’ll turn into tartar and cause gingivitis – a mild form of gum disease.

Prevents cavities

Since floss cleans the rest of your teeth that doesn’t get cleaned while brushing, it helps you prevent getting any more cavities. Removing debris stuck between your teeth removes the potential for that debris to cause a cavity, and you just can’t remove some items with toothpicks (which harm your gums) or brushing.

Flossing is most definitely worth the extra time it adds to your day. It’ll give you the best overall oral health possible. If you need any help with flossing, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today at 425-821-8100.