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As you may already know, it’s important to floss your teeth at least once a day, but do you ever wonder why? Well, there are many reasons why you should floss your smile regularly, and our dentist, Dr. Nils Sandstrom, is happy to tell you those reasons.

First, flossing can help you have strong and healthy teeth. This is because it removes plaque from the crevices of your smile daily. Plaque is a harmful substance that attacks the teeth and promotes cavity growth. If you don’t floss, you could even suffer cavities on two teeth because the plaque is stuck firmly in the crevice. It’s important to remove plaque daily because after 48 hours, it hardens and the only way to remove it is with a professional dental cleaning.

Second, flossing can help you stop your gums from bleeding. Even though your gums probably bleed most when you floss, this is still true. This is because flossing removes bacteria from the gumline. Typically, your body sends blood cells to the area to fight that bacteria and prevent infection. If you remove the bacteria once a day, your body won’t need to send the blood cells in the first place.

Third, flossing can help you have a healthier body. The same plaque that causes cavities can also promote gum disease, which is a serious issue for your smile and entire body. Gum disease has been linked to major health issues, like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The more you floss, the more you prevent gum disease, which can help you have a healthier body.

For more information and details about flossing in Palos Heights, Illinois, please remember that our dental team at Nils F. Sandstrom, DDS is here to help you, so please don’t hesitate to call 708-388-2500. The sooner you call, the sooner we’ll be able to give you the answers you’re looking for. We look forward to helping you!