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Have you ever gone to a dental cleaning and been advised to floss more often? You’re not alone. This is a very common occurrence. In fact, over 80% of patients confess that they almost never floss!

We know that you’ve heard from a young age just how important flossing is. But do you know the ins and outs of why it’s important?

First, flossing is one of the most vital methods to prevent tooth decay. Food particles and plaque can build up in areas that your brush cannot reach. Flossing cleans these areas. Secondly, it keeps your gums healthy and strong so that your chances of contracting gum disease are drastically decreased. Finally, flossing helps prevent halitosis, otherwise known as chronic bad breath.

If you are someone who struggles to floss regularly, here are some ways you can shake it up! Instead of regular floss, use floss picks or floss holders to clean between the teeth quickly and easily. If it’s hard for you to handle any of those objects due to joint pain or braces, try a water flosser. If you forget to floss, try placing a sticky note on the bathroom mirror or a reminder in your phone, or carry floss in your purse or wallet to use in spare moments.

Flossing is a surefire way to protect your teeth for years to come. And next time you come in for your cleaning, we’ll notice the difference! To schedule that dental cleaning in Lilburn, Georgia with Dr. Kevin Lacour, just call Lacour Family Dentistry today at 678-368-4396.