The Facts About Flossing

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You probably understand that there are many things you should do to keep your pearly whites healthy. For instance, you may have heard that you’ll need to brush and floss on a daily basis? While this is true, have you heard that inefficient flossing could actually lead several serious issues?
Unfortunately, if plaque is not removed from your teeth, it will eventually harden into tartar. Unlike plaque, trying to remove tartar at home will damage your teeth and gums. To make matters worse, tartar creates an environment that lets bad bacteria get below your gumline more easily. If this is not removed, you could ultimately have to deal with gum disease. If you are suffering from gum disease, you could have to deal with other serious problems, like premature tooth loss, bad breath, and even shifting teeth.

Unfortunately, if you do have gum disease, your gums could actually pull away from your pearly whites. Once this happens, the germs and bacteria inside your mouth will be able to access your bloodstream more easily, which will allow them to spread throughout your body. Sadly, this might ultimately cause a number of major problems, including heart and lung disease. Sadly, there is also a connection between gum disease and dementia.

If you’re interested in learning more about the perks of flossing in Portland, Oregon, we invite you to contact Portland Dental by calling us at 503-227-1693. Our dentist, Dr. Gerald Fujii, will be happy to examine your teeth and to give you individualized advice. We look forward to meeting with you!