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Carl and Walker Family Dentistry July 2014 Newsletter Forward to a Friend   Submit Question
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Why is Flossing Necessary?
It might surprise you to learn that even people that regularly brush their teeth twice a day neglect the need to floss. Just because you don't have food stuck in your teeth or you brushed well doesn't mean you shouldn't floss; you need to know that it is an important part of your daily routine.

Reasons you Need to Floss

Here is what an extra few minutes of oral hygiene do for you?

•  Reduces plaque between your teeth
•  Decreases the risk of cavities between your teeth
•  Lowers your risk of gum disease
•  Helps you retain your natural teeth into your senior years

Flossing the Right Way

Flossing is very simple and will only add a few extra minutes to your oral hygiene routine. Gently position the floss between your teeth and wrap it around the tooth like a C-shape, work it up and down, taking care to get the entire tooth from top to bottom. It is important to pay careful attention to the teeth that are the furthest back in your mouth, as that is where food and particles tend to hide, which could potentially lead to cavities and gum disease.

A Tooth Injury Does Not Mean Impending Tooth Loss
It is important to understand that if you sustain an injury to the mouth that affects your teeth, you are not automatically subjected to tooth loss if you handle the situation appropriately. No matter what type of injury it is or how severe, you should contact us right away so that we can tell you what to do. In the event of a knocked out tooth, time is of the essence, which means the sooner that you get to us, the more likely it is that we can save your tooth. If you suffer an injury, do not delay, call us right away!

Why you Should Use Mouthwash
Did you know that mouthwash does more than freshen your breath? The right product can also help you to fight the growth of bacteria in your mouth, which can help to fight tooth decay and gum disease. When mouthwash is used in conjunction with proper brushing and flossing techniques, it can help to greatly reduce plaque and bacteria. Most mouthwashes are available over the counter for you to purchase without a prescription. Always look for the American Dental Association's seal of approval on a mouthwash before purchasing it, and use it after brushing and flossing to give your teeth a final rinse to ensure that all food particles are removed.


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