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Cavity prevention is very simple and straightforward if you are practicing all the oral care routines that you should be. Unfortunately, many people quit after brushing their teeth and don’t take the next important step to prevent cavities–flossing. Our dentists, Drs. Horsley and Walker at Harvest Dental, urge patients to floss because flossing goes a long way in preventing cavities.

According to dental statistics, only four out of ten Americans floss regularly, while a large part of the population doesn’t floss at all. Flossing greatly benefits your oral health in two big ways:

– Flossing accesses parts of your smile that a toothbrush can’t. While tooth brushing is an important part of preventing tooth decay, it only cleans about 2/3 of a tooth because it can’t reach between the teeth or under the gum line. Flossing cleans the final third portion.

– Flossing removes plaque before it causes cavities. When plaque is left on the teeth, it hardens into tartar, which contains enough bacteria to develop cavities and gum disease. Flossing between your teeth and around your gum line just once a day removes any plaque that could otherwise result in cavities.

If you have not flossed in a while and are wondering how to floss properly, you are welcome to contact Harvest Dental to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Farmersville, Texas. Call 469-812-7100 today to speak with our friendly team!