Reflections Dental Spa
Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Why should I floss? Isn't brushing enough?

Brushing is very important, and the correct technique is critical for removing plaque. But even the most effective brushing is not going to dislodge the plaque and bacteria that are trapped in between your teeth below your gum line.

Flossing removes a lot of plaque, which is soft when initially formed. If you do not floss, or if it’s not effective, plaque hardens into calcified deposits called tartar, or calculus. As calculus sits on your teeth, it helps breed more aggressive bacteria. Over time, these bacteria cause continued destruction of the supporting tissues of your teeth. 

Once calcified, calculus cannot be removed with floss. You will need to come to our San Ramon dental office for a professional deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. 

Flossing is critical if you want to maintain healthy gums. Choose a convenient time to floss and stick to it. Developing a daily routine for flossing and sticking to it will make it easy to fit flossing into your schedule. Effective flossing will help you enjoy the benefits of a healthier mouth and less incidence of decay and gum disease. 

If it’s time for your next cleaning, please call Reflections Dental Spa to arrange an appointment!