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Flossing is one of the most vital tasks in your oral hygiene routine. In fact, it’s very important for strong teeth and successful dental health. Here at Quail Ridge Dental, we strongly encourage you to floss at least once a day. If you forget to do so, your smile could be in danger of suffering from cavities, diseases, or other oral health issues. Dr. Beck and our professional staff are happy to explain why flossing is so important in your daily dental regimen.

First, flossing helps your teeth remain strong over the years. Plaque, a harmful substance that promotes cavity growth, can build up on your teeth. It’s important to remove it regularly, unless you want tooth decay to happen. If not removed within 48 hours, it can harden. It can only be removed with a professional dental cleaning at this point.

Second, flossing prevents your gums from bleeding. This may sound odd considering your gums can bleed the most when you floss, but it’s true. The more often you floss, the more your gums will get used to this daily care. If you also frequently remove bacteria from the gumline, your body won’t send blood cells to the infected area to fight the infection.

Third, flossing can promote a healthier body. Plaque also helps gum disease progress by sticking between the teeth and irritating the gums. If the plaque isn’t removed quickly, it can grow and infect your smile. Gum disease has been proven to be linked to major health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.In result, if you floss more, you can prevent gum disease, and the healthier your gums and body will be.

Give Quail Ridge Dental here in Kennewick, Washington, a call at 509-735-1918 today if you have any questions, to schedule an appointment, or if you would like to know more about how flossing benefits your smile. Our dental team is happy to talk with you and tell you more so you can keep your oral health in tip-top shape!