Closeup of a woman using string floss to floss between her teeth

Why Is Daily Flossing Important?

Flossing is an essential part of your at-home oral health routine. Have you been skimping on flossing regularly?

Food gets stuck between your teeth when you eat. And bacteria can build up under your gumline. Even with regular brushing, you may not be able to get all of the trapped debris out of these crevices. In conjunction with your toothbrush and toothpaste, a flossing tool can help you clean plaque from every nook and cranny in your smile. This prevents buildup of plaque and tartar (hardened plaque), and thus reduces your risk of developing bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay.

Benefits of Flossing Every Day

Here are just some of the many benefits of daily flossing:

  • Removes trapped debris better than toothpicks
  • Brightens smile
  • Freshens breath
  • Reduces your chance of dental disease
  • Lessens your risk of developing certain health conditions, like heart disease

Different Types of Floss

Do you put off flossing because you don’t love traditional string floss? Fortunately, there are a wide range of floss tools available, including:

  • Dental tape
  • Electric flosser
  • Floss picks
  • Waxed & unwaxed thread floss
  • Water flosser

Schedule Your Biannual Dental Visit!

In addition to brushing your teeth, brushing your tongue, and flossing every night, make sure you are keeping up with your biannual dental appointments. The American Dental Association recommends patients see the dentist at least twice a year to maintain a healthy smile.

At Hermitage Dental Group, we are passionate about helping our patients achieve healthy, radiant smiles in Hermitage, TN. Please contact us today to schedule your appointment! Our office is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 7 AM to 5 PM, and alternating Fridays from 8 AM to 3 PM. We accept cash, check, credit and debit cards, CareCredit and Lending Club financing, our in-house discount plan, and many dental insurance plans (Aetna, Ameritas, Assurant, BCBS of TN, Cigna, Companion Life, Delta Dental Healthspring, Delta Dental PPO & Premier, Dentamax, GEHA, Guardian, Humana, Metlife, Principal, Regence of Oregon, Smile Value Plan, UCCI, and UMR/UH).

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