Preventing cavities is much easier than you may think; however, very few people take the one extra step that all but guarantees you’ll never have to deal with cavities in your life.
That step is flossing. Only four in ten Americans floss on a regular basis, and a big majority of the population never flosses at all. However, flossing is one of the most effective ways to prevent cavities that Dr. Jing Yang recommends you do. Let’s look at why.
Cleans where the brush can’t
Brushing your teeth is obviously the first step in cavity prevention; however, simply brushing isn’t enough. Brushing only cleans about 2/3 of your teeth. The other third gets cleaned when you floss. It just makes sense to clean all of your teeth, and not just one, while you’re at it.
Removes plaque and debris
The biggest way floss prevents cavities is in removing plaque from between your teeth and around the gum line. If left there without removal, plaque will harden and turn into tartar. That creates an area with tons of bacteria, which causes cavities and gum disease. Simply flossing once daily is enough to remove that plaque and prevent cavities from forming.
If you haven’t flossed in a while and need tips on how to do it effectively, call us today at 717-274-5613.