Do I Need to Floss?

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Did you know that only four in ten Americans floss on a regular basis? That’s a pretty alarming statistic when you realize just how essential flossing is to cultivating lasting, great oral health.

To help give you some perspective, let’s look at what flossing does and why every dentist – including Dr. James Schall here at Bel Air Smile Partners in Havre de Grace, Maryland, – so highly recommends you floss on a daily basis.

Cleans what your brush can’t

Brushing your teeth obviously helps clean your teeth incredibly well, but as good as brushing is, it doesn’t get every nook and cranny of your mouth. That’s where floss comes in. Flossing cleans the 35 percent of your teeth that the brush can’t reach. This includes between teeth and along the gum line.

Reduces cavity risk

Flossing is a great way to reduce your risk of cavities. By flossing regularly, you remove the plaque, food, and other debris that builds up between your teeth on a daily basis. If left alone, those items can severely harm the health of your teeth.

Increases gum health

Removing the plaque along your gum line with floss is one of the best ways to increase your gum health, which puts you at a lower risk for gum disease and other gum-related issues.

If you still have questions or need more information on flossing, call us today at 410-939-4030.