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Our kind and friendly periodontist, Dr. Anne Nicholas, cares for you, your smile and your oral health. This is why she strongly encourages you to floss your teeth at least once a day. Flossing is very important. In fact, it’s vital for a clean and healthy smile.

Flossing is perhaps even more important than brushing, though both practices are essential for good oral hygiene. This is because flossing thoroughly removes plaque from your teeth and gums. Plaque is the culprit that brings about gum disease, and gum disease is one of the most serious, dangerous and destructive dental issues in the world today. It’s very important to remove plaque from your teeth regularly.

Plaque takes two to three days to calcify. If you fail to remove plaque regularly, it can turn into tartar, which is a very toxic substance. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. As time passes, tartar infects the gums. Eventually, it can even cause loose and lost teeth.

If you forget to floss, you can try to remind yourself by placing your dental floss next to your toothbrush, placing a reminder sticky note on your bathroom mirror, or even setting a daily reminder with your phone.

As you floss, use a product that’s easy to maneuver. If the floss is tough to use, you increase your chances of damaging your gums as you clean the crevices between your teeth. If dental floss is difficult to use, you can always use other flossing tools, like a water flosser, flossing picks, floss threaders and more.

If you have any questions about flossing or about how to remove plaque from your teeth and gums, Dr. Anne Nicholas can help you. She has the tips and information you need to properly and effectively care for your teeth. Call Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists who are serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage and the surrounding areas of the Coachella Valley at the Palm Desert. You can reach them at 760-851-0314 or by visiting their dental office in Palm Desert, California.