You don't have to spend a lot of money or undergo various dental procedures to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. The small steps that you take every day during your regular oral hygiene routine can make a big difference in your long-term oral health, including flossing. While everyone knows you're supposed to floss daily, few people take the time to do it. So, you may wonder if flossing every day is necessary. Before you visit Dr. Ryba, at Ryba Dentistry, for your next six-month dental check-up, here's what you need to know about the importance of flossing your teeth regularly.
Why is oral health important?
The condition of your smile matters. When your teeth and gums are healthy, other areas of your body are less likely to develop diseases, including your heart. A healthy smile is also key to looking and feeling your best, which can benefit your self-esteem. Fortunately, keeping your smile in good shape isn't as hard as you might think. Most oral health problems can be prevented by simply brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day.
How does flossing once a day improve oral health?
If you think flossing your teeth is an unnecessary oral hygiene step, think again. Flossing is essential to help remove food buildup that can occur between the crevices of your teeth that can't be reached with a toothbrush alone. Likewise, flossing also fights plaque which can develop between your teeth and around your gum line without you even realizing it.
What happens if you stop flossing?
While your teeth may appear perfectly fine when you don't floss, they could be in jeopardy of developing serious dental diseases. When you don't floss, food particles and bacteria that are left between your teeth could lead to tooth decay. Likewise, clear, sticky plaque can form along your gum line. Over time, this plaque can harden into tartar buildup and cause gum disease. When left untreated, gum disease can lead to gum recession, bleeding gums, and even tooth loss.
Should you floss before or after brushing your teeth?
While most people floss their teeth after brushing, flossing before brushing could be a more effective approach to removing plaque. The best time to floss your teeth is the most convenient. Any time is better than no time at all.
What preventive dentistry options are available at Ryba Dentistry?
We offer many preventative dentistry services at Ryba Dentistry to ensure that maintaining a healthy smile is as convenient as possible. Some preventative dental options include:
Dental Cleanings: to remove plaque and tartar left behind by regular brushing and flossing
Fluoride Treatments: to remineralizer the enamel of your teeth and protect it from tooth decay
Dental Sealants: to protect the crevices of your molars from cavities with a thin protective layer
Pediatric Dentistry: to keep children's smiles healthy while teaching them good oral health practices to carry with them into adulthood
Night Guards: to protect your teeth from experiencing damage caused by grinding and/or clenching
Schedule Your Preventative Dental Appointment at Ryba Dentistry
Preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental diseases is easier than you might think. By simply brushing your teeth twice a day, visiting the dentist for regular check-ups, and flossing once a day, you can make sure your teeth and gums stay in great condition for years to come. If you're overdue for a routine dental exam and cleaning, now's the perfect time to prioritize your oral health. Contact us today in Ohio City or Seven Oaks, Ohio, to schedule your next preventative dental appointment with Dr. Ryba.
Christopher R. Ryba, DDS
Dr. Christopher R. Ryba, an Ohio State University alum and owner of two practices in Ohio, excels in oral pathology and aesthetic dental restorations. In addition to advising the Allied Dental Health Professions Programs at Cuyahoga Community College, he demonstrates his commitment to community service through his work with the Ohio Dental Outreach. His Seven Hills and Ohio City clinics warmly welcome patients of all ages.