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Cleaning your smile means brushing your tooth surfaces every day to remove harmful plaque and oral debris. Brushing twice a day for two minutes each time will help keep tooth decay and gum disease away from your smile. But your toothbrush is simply not equipped for cleaning those areas between the teeth and around the gumline. Flossing needs to be done between the teeth and around the gumline. This two-part strategy helps keep cavities and gingivitis (the early stage of gum disease) away.

It’s not just stuck food particles you’re clearing off, but dental plaque as well. This sticky bacterial biofilm coats the teeth every day. It feeds on sugar and oral debris, creating harmful acids that erode tooth enamel. This allows tiny holes to appear and opens the way for cavities to develop. As plaque hardens into tartar, it irritates gum tissue as well and needs to be removed by your dental team.

While there are those who have tried getting rid of food particles in their teeth with such non-flossing tools, as fingernails, paper, and cutlery, we recommend using safer alternatives! You want to help your gums, not hurt them. Using flossing options that bear the ADA seal of acceptance on them ensure that the product is both safe and effective. Options to try include dental floss, dental picks, interdental brushes and water flossers. Find out what works best for your needs and then just get into this vital daily habit!

Please call 214-368-1192 if you have questions or need to schedule a visit with one of our experienced dentists, Dr. Marc Lippas and Dr. Katie Lippas. At the dental practice of Walnut Glen Family Dental in Dallas, Texas, we look forward to helping your smile thrive!