The Importance of Flossing

There has recently been some stir surrounding the importance of flossing and whether or not it is still relevant and recommended by dentists today.

At JVR Dental, a dental office in Walnut Grove, we have been practicing dentistry for several years now and we are exceptionally passionate about oral health care; therefore, we want to clarify the misconception regarding flossing and justify why it is such an important routine that should be done on a regular basis. In case you were having any doubts, here are four reasons why flossing is still crucial to your oral health.


When it comes to plaque removal, you cannot solely rely on your toothbrush to do get the job done right. No matter how detailed and thorough you may be, your toothbrush’s plaque removing capabilities will always be hindered by its inability to get directly in between your teeth. That’s where floss comes in. Floss is able to penetrate plaque in areas that your toothbrush can’t. For the best results in plaque prevention, combine brushing with flossing on a daily basis.


Not only do our gums play an integral role in our oral health, they have also been known to impact our body’s overall health. Flossing on a regular basis helps strengthen our gums, therefore heightening their ability to fight bacteria, infections, and diseases.


One of the easiest ways to prevent oral disease is through ongoing flossing. Without flossing, food particles get trapped between our teeth and inside our gums which can lead to diseases such as gingivitis. If untreated, gingivitis can lead to further oral health care problems including tooth decay and eventual tooth loss. If you plan on keeping your teeth throughout your lifespan, it’s recommended that you make a routine habit out of flossing.


If the prevention of oral disease and bacteria isn’t reason enough to floss on a regular basis, at least consider the social benefits associated with flossing. No one likes talking to someone who hasn’t flossed in weeks. It’s impossible to concentrate on keeping up a conversation when someone has infinite amounts of food particles scattered throughout their teeth and gums. Similarly, there’s nothing worse than getting a piece of food trapped between your teeth. When it comes to flossing, everyone wins.

If you have any further questions about the importance of flossing or other dental services, please contact the Langley dental at JVR Dental. We would be happy to help answer any questions you may have. Book an appointment by giving us a call at 604-371-3138.