Flossing your teeth is important, so stop making excuses, and floss! Flossing can prevent tooth loss and could even save you time and money. Clearwater, FL general dentist Dr. Natasha Radosavljevic is putting an end to all the flossing excuses. Flossing can help maintain your oral health, saving you the cost of advanced dental procedures.
Debunking Flossing Excuses
- Excuse: My teeth are close together, so food does not get stuck in between them.
Dr. Rado Says: It is true, floss can remove the debris left behind by food. However, the actual reason patients should floss has more to do with the daily removal of plaque. And plaque builds up even between the closest of teeth. It is important to remove plaque build up daily as it only takes about 48 hours for it to harden into cavity causing tartar. Tartar is much more difficult to remove than plaque.
- Excuse: Flossing just takes up too much of my time.
Dr. Rado Says: Not as much time as getting a root canal. Flossing should only take a few minutes out of your day and can help deter the need for advanced dental procedures like tooth extractions or bone grafting. Flossing is an effective deterrent of cavities, gum disease, and other oral health concerns.
- Excuse: I brush twice, sometimes three times a day. I do not have to floss.
Dr. Rado Says: Floss can just go where toothbrushes can not. Brushing is important as it cleans the large exposed surfaces of your teeth. Flossing can move in between teeth and reach areas where bacteria and plaque like to hide. Even if you visit the dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning, you still need to floss daily. Brushing, flossing and dental cleanings are all important pieces of a good oral health regime.
Schedule A Visit
Schedule a visit with Dr. Radosavljevic. Early diagnosis of dental health concerns can allow for conservative dental treatments saving you time and money. Regular visits to our Clearwater dentist office for professional cleanings and oral health exams can help you enjoy a lifetime of oral health.