‘We’ve all heard countless times that we should floss. We know that dentists recommend it and, often, say it’s essential. But why? I brush twice a day, I don’t eat a lot of sweets, so how much will it do for me really? Flossing feels like such a hassle, doesn’t it? Wouldn’t it be great […]
Well, you can thank me for finding the truth for all of us non-dental professionals. I’ve done a bit of research, including gathering great advice from the wonderful staff at Goliad Dental
, and the answer is yes, we all need to floss, and the reason is plaque
. After you eat, when you rub your tongue against your teeth, that icky film that sits on your teeth is plaque. It’s the opposite of the smooth feeling you have when leave a dental cleaning. Plaque not only feels bad, but contains all the bacteria that food leaves behind, and, when uncleaned, it can release acids that break down your enamel and cause cavities.
We don’t intend to make you start flossing with a scare tactic, but we don’t want our readers to be unaware of the facts about flossing. It’s a habit worth developing, and it’s great for the health of your smile. Come back next month and we’ll give you some great suggestions for taking the hassle out of this habit. It’s easier to start than you think.’