Is Flossing Important?

In short, yes. Flossing is an important part of a proper oral hygiene routine. Like brushing, flossing helps get rid of harmful bacteria that could possibly lead to issues like gum disease and cavities. You would be surprised at the number of patients who admit they don’t floss regularly. Having a proper oral hygiene routine helps keep your teeth healthy and helps prevent complex dental issues from developing. New York dentist Dr. Jocelyn Tan-Chu regularly talks with patients about the importance of maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine. Dr. Tan-Chu believes patient education is one of the greatest tools in dentistry. Enabling patients with the tools to help keep their smile healthy is a win-win for both patients and dentists. Our East Manhattan Dental Office is dedicated to helping you maintain excellent oral health.

Benefits of Flossing

Adding flossing to your daily oral hygiene routine can have great benefits for your oral health. Some patients believe their teeth are properly cleaned with brushing alone. However, flossing helps remove bacteria that brushing may miss. It cleans surfaces of the teeth that toothbrushes just graze over. General dentist Dr. Tan-Chu believes flossing has many benefits that patients should take into consideration.

  • Helps keeps your gums healthy. Flossing removes plaque that can later develop into tartar. Once tartar develops on the teeth, it can only be removed by an experienced dentist. Untreated tartar buildup can lead to complex dental issues. Daily flossing helps remove bacteria that is not visible to the naked eye.
  • Flossing removes harmful bacteria from your teeth. Tartar buildup can lead to tooth decay and even tooth loss. Although we do offer a variety of missing teeth replacement options, we like to avoid the need for complex dental procedures. Flossing is a great preventive measure to help keep your smile healthy and bright.
  • Flossing helps avoid cavities. Leaving bacteria and plaque in between the teeth can lead to cavities. Cavities can cause tooth decay and other complex dental issues. Daily flossing can help prevent cavities from forming.

If you have any questions about your oral health or are experiencing any dental issue, come visit our New York, NY dental office. Feel free to schedule an appointment online or call 212.235.1769