The Importance of Flossing: Facts on Interproximal Tooth Decay from Flawless Smile Dentistry

The majority of patients know that brushing their teeth is an integral part of cavity prevention, but a surprising number don’t understand the crucial role that flossing plays as well. At the family, cosmetic, and sedation dentistry office of Dr. Ali Torabi, we place an immense amount of emphasis on preventive measures so that our patients can avoid the numerous problems associated with tooth decay in the first place.

Why is Flossing So Critical?

Flossing is, unfortunately, often neglected as a component of the modern American’s daily oral hygiene routine. Though brushing is certainly necessary in the prevention of tooth decay, flossing is just as important. This is because the bacteria that cause cavities attack all surfaces of the teeth, even those that we can’t see. Interproximal cavities are spots of decay that occur between the teeth in areas where even the most advanced toothbrushes cannot reach. Flossing even once per day, however, can help to remove the plaque and bacteria between teeth that lead to potentially serious interproximal cavities.

One of the reasons that interproximal cavities are such a concern is that they often cannot be detected during a simple visual exam alone. Fortunately, Dr. Torabi’s practice is equipped with the highly advanced DIAGNOdent dental laser, a revolutionary diagnostic tool that aids in the early detection of cavities before they become more severe. Our team can also provide you with valuable information regarding at-home care, including proper flossing habits, so that you can keep your smile looking and feeling its absolute best.

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If it has been more than six months since you last visited the dentist for a routine checkup and cleaning, contact our office in Claremore, OK today to reserve your appointment. Dr. Torabi and his team offer a comprehensive selection of general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services and treatments, giving our patients the advantage of cutting-edge technology and close, personalized care. Our family-friendly dental practice happily welcomes patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Tulsa, Owasso, Jenks, Bixby, Broken Arrow, and beyond.

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