Dentist Crystal Lake Why Flossing is Important

Why Flossing is Important


Is flossing part of your dental care routine? It should be! Flossing is a crucial part of keeping your teeth healthy and clean.


Read on to learn more about the importance of flossing from your Crystal Lake Family Dental dentist! 


Plaque/Tartar Buildup 


Without flossing, food particles can get stuck in between teeth and can cause plaque to form. Once plaque forms, it can harden and turn into tartar, which will have to be removed by your dentist. Don’t allow plaque to turn into tartar! 


Flossing keeps foods stuck in-between your teeth out of your mouth and will ensure your teeth stay clean in-between meals! 


Risk of Gum Disease 


If you are not flossing and not keeping on top of possible plaque buildup, you could be at risk for gum disease. Gum disease is formed by an excess amount of plaque (and tartar) buildup; this can cause your gums to become sensitive or even inflamed. 


Early-stage gum disease, known as Gingivitis, is treatable and can be reversed. Unfortunately, later-stage gum disease, known as Periodontitis, cannot be changed.  




Cavities are never fun; without flossing, they can easily form inside your mouth. The plaque buildup can cause holes in the tooth enamel, which can turn into a cavity if not treated.  


To prevent cavities from forming, make sure to incorporate flossing into your dental care routine and visit your dentist for a checkup if you are experiencing any pain (which could be a sign of a cavity). 


Ask About Flossing at Chrystal Lake Family Dental! 


Flossing daily will ensure that your teeth stay healthy for years to come and will help avoid health risks associated with not flossing.


Your dentist at Chrystal Lake Family Dental will happily answer any flossing questions or concerns!