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You’ve been told for years that brushing your teeth and flossing every day is crucial for maintaining optimal dental health. Does flossing really make that big of a difference? Is brushing enough to keep cavities away and prevent gum disease? What is all the fuss about floss?

Simply stated, brushing your teeth is absolutely necessary but not sufficient by itself to help you keep your smile its healthiest best. The bristles of your toothbrush cannot reach all the way between your teeth to remove bacteria and debris accumulations. Flossing daily removes these deposits and helps prevent the development of dental decay. This will help not only prevent cavities, but also gingivitis and other gum diseases. Once you practice flossing a couple times, it becomes a very quick, habitual part of your daily routine. Flossing may well save you the time and money you would spend in the future at the dentist’s office treating tooth decay.

In the end, the fuss about floss is justified. You can significantly improve your smile’s health by incorporating this easy habit into your routine. We are pleased to be your resource for quality dental care and we encourage you to contact us with your questions. Dr. Pete Olberding encourages you to practice sound dental hygiene and can answer your questions during your next visit to E. P. True Dental - West Des Moines, IA. Call (515) 224-9899 today to schedule your next visit to our friendly practice!