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While cavities may seem inevitable, cavity prevention is actually much simpler than you may think. The problem is that most patients don’t take the extra step to keep their smiles safe from bacteria and tooth decay, which is flossing. Our dentists, Dr. Tornow, Dr. Child, and Dr. Bateman encourage you to floss regularly for a thorough teeth cleaning that prevents cavities.

Only about four out of ten Americans floss every day, and many patients do not floss at all. However, at Pony Express Dental, we encourage flossing for many reasons, but here are two big ones:

– Flossing cleans your smile where a toothbrush can’t. Brushing your teeth is the first step to keeping tooth decay at bay, but brushing alone isn’t enough because it only gets about 2/3 of your teeth clean. Flossing cleans the other third, accessing the spaces a toothbrush doesn’t reach.

– Flossing removes debris and plaque. The biggest role of flossing is to remove plaque from around the gum line and between the teeth to prevent cavities. Plaque that is left on your teeth will harden into tartar, which causes cavities and gum disease because it contains so much bacteria. Flossing just once a day can remove all the plaque that would cause cavities.

If you are out of practice with flossing and would like some professional tips on how to floss effectively, contact Pony Express Dental at 385-352-3136 today to speak with our team or schedule a time to see our dentist in Draper, Utah.