Why You Should Floss Daily
By flossing your teeth every day, you lower your odds of developing gum problems and increase the chances of keeping your teeth for a lifetime. Sikka Dental is located in San Jose, CA. Our dentists, Dr. Nidhi Sikka and Dr. Mona Chattha, recommend daily flossing as one part of a regular oral hygiene routine. Here are four reasons why you should floss on a daily basis.
1. Flossing prevents tartar buildup- Tartar, or dental calculus, is a hard buildup of plaque that forms on the teeth. The only way to remove tartar is to see a San Jose dentist for a cleaning. Flossing on a daily basis will keep tartar buildup from happening. It allows you to remove the dental plaque that causes tartar while it is in its early form: pliable and soft.
2. Flossing protects your gums, too- Tartar and plaque buildup on the teeth can lead to inflammation called gingivitis. If left unchecked, the plaque and tartar can spread deeper below the gum line, causing periodontitis: severe gum disease. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults.
3. Flossing makes brushing more effective- A toothbrush's bristles can't adequately clean under the gums and between the teeth. Dental floss is designed to remove plaque from the tight spaces under the gums and between the teeth. Think of a dental floss and a toothbrush as a paint roller and paintbrush, respectively. You could paint your bedroom walls with just a paint roller or paintbrush, but using them together will provide a a better result.
The benefits of flossing are almost endless. Anyone who isn't flossing their teeth on a regular basis is missing out. It's also important to see your San Jose, CA dentist regularly to maintain good oral health. Don't take risks with your health. Call Sikka Dental at (408) 259-1280 right now to schedule your next dental appointment.