What’s going on in those far recesses of your mind, our Riverside, CA team would like to know? Are you starting to formulate some radical ideas about flossing and why maybe … just maybe … your smile health could get along perfectly well without it? While we appreciate your potential attempts at innovative preventive dental care, we have to let you in on a very important detail: Flossing is absolutely necessary no matter what. Hoping for some compelling reasons? No problem! Your Riverside dentist is happy to explain.

To Remove Trapped Food

No matter what you do, if you don’t floss your smile, you’re going to end up with some food trapped between your teeth. Of course, you don’t want organic material breaking down in such a location because it can cause bad breath and contribute to oral health problems. Your Riverside dentist reminds you: Just floss!

To Remove Hard-To-Reach Plaque

Of course, there’s plaque that will coat your smile on a daily basis, as well. So, what to do? In addition to brushing, your Riverside dentist wants you to remember that you really do need to floss. If you don’t, there will be plaque that builds up along your gumline and between teeth, which will harden into tartar. At this point, the chance that you develop gingivitis or decay becomes much greater.

To Make Brushing And Cleanings More Effective

When you brush without flossing, you’re leaving behind plaque that becomes tartar, as mentioned. That means, each time you brush, you’re brushing over hardened material full of bacteria that you cannot remove. This isn’t ideal. In addition, remember that you’ll be coming in for dental cleanings with us twice annually. If you’ve been brushing and flossing, then there’s not as much tartar for us to remove, which is to your oral health’s benefit! Always floss once a day!

Remember To Ask For Flossing Tips

Don’t hesitate to ask us for help, tips, advice, and demonstrations when you’re having trouble with the flossing part of your dental hygiene. Getting it right each and every time will promote long-term smile health. Give us a call in Riverside, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.