Tooth flossing helps prevent gum disease and cavities by removing plaque between your teeth where your toothbrush can't reach. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth. If plaque builds up on your teeth it can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use dental floss the right way.
Dental disease and your overall health.
Taking care of your teeth and gums isn't just about preventing cavities or bad breath. The mouth is a gateway into your body's overall health. Research is showing that oral disease can compromise a person's general health and quality of life. Dental infections that are left untreated can cause serious health problems. Since gum disease and other health problems may be linked, brushing and flossing are more important than ever. Brush your teeth twice daily and after anything sweet, and see your dentist regularly to keep your smile, and yourself, healthy.