Long Island Hygienist explains the importance of flossing in everyone’s oral hygiene routine.

It is a common misconception that flossing is not necessary for one’s oral health. Flossing is actually more important than brushing and is commonly left out of the common person’s oral health care routine.

Brushing twice a day can only reach so far in your mouth while flossing can get in between your teeth.

Flossing removes plaque from your teeth to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque is made up of 500 bacterial species that are both good and bad. During daily activity like eating, drinking, and other activities, these things could contribute to disease in the gums and teeth.

The plaque that is not removed can harden and turn into tartar (or calculus). Once plaque turns into tartar, only a dentist can remove it.

When you first introduce flossing into your routine, it may cause some discomfort, but that should ease within a week or two. If the pain or discomfort continues, talk to your dentist.

Kristen Ranaldo
RDH (Hygienist)
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
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