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For many people, dental visits can be unpleasant reminders of their need to floss regularly. Perhaps you have had this experience yourself. Chances are you have, as over 80% of patients reveal during their visit they have no flossing routine.

Even though you’ve heard it before, we’re going to reiterate this once more: it’s vital to the welfare of your teeth that you floss regularly! There are spaces that your toothbrush cannot reach and are left untouched no matter how well or often you brush. This is where flossing comes in.

In-between your teeth, plaque and leftover food particles build up. Flossing cleans these areas out, keeping them free of buildup, and thus preventing the formation of cavities or tooth decay. This also helps promote healthy gums and aids in preventing them from contracting the gum disease gingivitis.

By flossing daily, you will also be preventing yourself from having bad breath.

It can be difficult to making flossing a part of your daily routine, and we understand that. We’re here to help you develop healthy habits and offer a couple of tips to help you in keeping a healthy smile. You can use floss picks or floss handles as a quick and effective alternative to traditional flossing. If you’re the type who is likely to forget to floss, you could try putting a sticky note on your bathroom mirror, or perhaps set your smartphone to remind you to floss daily.

By effectively cleaning your teeth, you will be making a long lasting investment in their health and lifespan. Please call (828) 264-5858 to schedule your regular dental check-ups in Boone, North Carolina, at Jerry L. Butler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D. Your dentist, Dr. Jerry Butler looks forward to seeing you soon!