Flossing Eliminates Food, Debris & Bacteria

Though the research studies have been criticized, we know that flossing helps to eliminate the food and debris that bacteria in our mouth feeds off of to produce acids; those acids are what causes tooth decay and contributes to periodontal disease.

Just like washing off salt from our car in the winter helps to protect the paint and metal, the removal of food from our teeth helps to preserve the integrity of the enamel and dentin.  So use a toothbrush, manual – or mechanical like the Spinbrush or Sonicate – with floss and piks to remove the debris.

We’ll highlight this issue in a few weeks on NBC/WKYC’s “Golden Opportunities,” Sunday at 11:30 am.

Watch the latest Golden Opportunities segment with Dr. Marsh

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