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Despite hearing the words, “Did you floss?” at every dental appointment, the vast majority of American adults don’t floss. It’s estimated that nearly 80% of people never floss.

It does add a few minutes to your daily oral health routine, but it’s an incredibly effective cleaning method. If you want the best oral health possible, our team here at North Fork Dental Care recommends you floss regularly.

Cleans where the brush can’t reach

Floss’s biggest benefit is that it cleans where your toothbrush can’t reach. Plaque builds up around your gum line and in between your teeth. While your brush can reach a few of these places, floss gets into the nooks and crannies and effectively removes plaque. If you don’t remove this plaque on a regular basis, it’ll turn into tartar and cause gingivitis – a mild form of gum disease.

Prevents cavities

Since floss cleans the rest of your teeth that doesn’t get cleaned while brushing, it helps you prevent getting any more cavities. Removing debris stuck between your teeth removes the potential for that debris to cause a cavity, and you just can’t remove some items with toothpicks (which harm your gums) or brushing.

While it may seem cumbersome to add flossing to your daily oral health routine, the few extra minutes it takes is worth it in the long run. If you need tips on flossing, call our office today at 208-356-3012 for more information.