If you think of flossing as a “bonus” cleaning for your teeth, or only necessary when you feel something stuck between teeth, you are losing out on important preventive dental care. Think for a moment about what your teeth enjoy when you brush. You can thoroughly clean the front of teeth, and their tops, but the spaces between teeth are difficult to address. In order to protect these areas, you should floss at least one time every day. Addressing bacteria and food debris in these spaces will mean better defense against decay, because you will be fully addressing your teeth. Removing bacteria in these spaces can also be helpful in the fight against gum disease.
Fully Protecting Your Smile From Cavities And Gum Disease
Full protection for your smile means fully cleaning your teeth. Remember, when you go in for a professional dental exam, your hygienist takes care to clean every part of your teeth. You would be dissatisfied if they neglected those spaces between your teeth – why should you ignore that area when you clean them? This full cleaning means you will be less likely to suffer problems like cavities, or gum disease.
Other Daily Changes That Can Improve Your Preventive Dental Care
Is flossing part of your daily routine? If not, you should take care to add it. This is one important step you can take towards better preventive care. You should also pay attention to your diet, and keep your sugar intake limited. Drinking more water helps you reduce the number of flavored, sugary beverages you drink, and helps keep you hydrated. Proper hydration makes it easier to prevent dental issues.
Combine Good At-Home Care With Regular Checkups At Wager-Evans Dental
Good at-home care means more than just brushing your teeth. You should also be paying attention to what is going into your diet, and taking the time to floss. When you exercise good preventive habits at home, and take advantage of regular professional care, you can significantly improve your cavity defense. The team at Wager-Evans Dental can provide you with the routine care you need during an exam, and step in to treat you if problems do arise. Located in Reno, NV, our team proudly welcomes residents of South Meadows, Double Diamond, Caughlin Ranch, Donner Springs, Meadowood, Sommersett, Arrow Creek, and all surrounding communities. To arrange your consultation, or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 800-4845. You can find our patient forms online.