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Tarrytown Dentistry Questions: Is Flossing Really Necessary?

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You have no doubt been told that flossing is the most effective way to remove food particles and plaque from in between teeth. However, you may have also been told that certain toothbrushes and mouthwashes are similarly effective at removing these hard-to-reach particles. This information is not only confusing, it’s entirely false.

The bottom line is this: nothing is as effective as floss and nothing can truly be used to replace the function floss serves. Tarrytown dentist Dr. Wanda Mejia strongly suggests flossing at least once a day, but finds twice optimal. This simple step is the most effective way to reduce your risk for gum disease and to prevent issues such as tooth decay and infection.

The Dangers of Gum Disease

Gum disease can result in chronic bad breath, tooth pain, and eventual tooth loss. Untreated, it can also lead to bone necrosis in the jaw along with systemic problems including heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, respiratory problems, and even dementia and Alzheimer’s. Gum disease can also complicate diabetes and pregnancy.

Avoiding gum disease is the best way to prevent serious issues from occurring. Flossing is one of the easiest and most effective ways to avoid gum disease. Dr. Mejia would be happy to discuss this with you in more detail during your regularly scheduled dental appointments.

If you are overdue for a cleaning and examination, please contact Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mejia.

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