Okay…so the heading might be a tad dramatic and please don't take the threat literally. However let’s consider the facts and the truth is that not flossing has been linked with an increased risk of developing systemic diseases.
We understand that there are 5 tooth surfaces per tooth. (figure below)
Tooth brushing alone will eliminate the plaque (bacteria) build up on 3 of the 5 surfaces. The remaining 2 surfaces that sit against other teeth will not be accessible by your tooth brush bristles. Oral bacteria can travel through the blood stream to affect other areas of the body. It is for that reason, that dentists, emphasize the importance of good oral hygiene through regular brushing and flossing (and tongue cleaning) to minimize the risks of developing systemic conditions.
Be sure to floss your teeth and schedule regular check up and cleanings with Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S today. Please call us at (800) 223-0801 with any questions or to schedule your cleaning today.