Keeping your teeth, gums and mouth healthy requires that you do some activities at home as well as come into the office of Joshua Ignatowicz, DMD, for regular preventive care. In addition to brushing your teeth twice or more each day for two minutes at a time, it is also important that you floss your teeth and protect your enamel with fluoride treatments. Consider these reasons to floss your teeth and get the fluoride treatments that are proven to help protect your teeth from cavities.
Between each of your teeth, there is a tight space where food can get caught. Flossing between your teeth helps remove stuck food. It also removes plaque films before they have a chance to harden into tartar or cause cavities. When that film is left on your teeth and turns into tartar, it is harder for you to get your teeth cleaned. The excess bacteria can also cause inflammation and bleeding in your gum tissue, which is the earliest stage of gum disease. Just flossing your teeth once per day can help protect your gum tissue.
Scientific research has shown that fluoride helps strengthen the enamel of teeth. In many cities, there is a high enough concentration of fluoride in the tap water to be beneficial. In places where there is not fluoride-fortified tap water or if you drink filtered or bottled water, fluoride treatments can help protect your teeth. Dr. Ignatowicz offers fluoride treatments to kids and adults who are at an increased risk of cavities.
To learn the proper technique for flossing, ask your dental hygienist for instruction during your next appointment. Give the office of Dr. Joshua Ignatowicz a call to schedule an appointment for a beneficial fluoride treatment.