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So You Hate Flossing? Gainesville, GA
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There is one hygiene habit that is dreaded across the entire United States. Yet, this one dreaded habit can make your smile brighter, prevent tooth loss, and benefit your entire general health. Do you know what it is?

Flossing is a dental hygiene procedure that should be done at least once a day. For many, flossing seems like a chore and they are happy to put it off. However, have you ever wondered why your dental hygienist and dentist ask every time you go in for a cleaning or dental procedure, “Have you been flossing?” It is because they understand the importance of flossing and how it benefits your oral and overall health.

Flossing is an essential part of taking care of your health. In fact, flossing is believed to be more important than brushing. Yes, you read that right! Flossing is able to do what toothbrushes, your tongue, and natural saliva cannot do – get between the tight spaces of your teeth to clean them. The surfaces of your teeth are relatively easy to keep clean with minimal effort. The natural production of saliva breaks down left over food particles and softens plaque that forms on the surfaces of the teeth. This allows your toothbrush to easily brush away plaque and keep the surfaces of the teeth clean.

However, the spaces in between the teeth are not so easily cleaned. These are tight-fitting spaces where food particles get trapped and are not able to be brushed away. Think of how a popcorn kernel can get stuck between your teeth and how difficult it can be to get out. Now, put that in perspective to everything else that you eat. Bacteria naturally forms in the mouth on a daily basis, and these bacteria will attack anything that is unnatural. So, food particles in between the teeth attract these bacteria, the bacteria break down the food particles, and once they are done they will grow and spread to form plaque. This can happen within just a few hours after eating, which is why your teeth often feel “fuzzy” at the end of the day. If this plaque is not removed, serious effects will begin such as gingivitis, gum disease, tooth loss, and even heart disease.

Flossing may not be your favorite hygiene practice, but it is essential to your entire health. At Gainesville Dental Group, we are proud to partner with our patients to help them achieve optimal oral health. At your next appointment, ask us what type of floss will be most effective for you. We will be happy to give you some floss to take home, pointers for the best techniques, and encouragement to keep at it!

Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group

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Bev M.

Very happy with the staff at Gainesville Dental Group. The doctors are caring and experienced. I never am left in the waiting room. The hygienist always ask thorough questions and report to the doctor before the exam, saving me from having to repeat everything. Highly recommend.

Dennis C.

I came to Gainesville Dental Group with a crown that was in bad shape and painful. Dr. Vetter was very knowledgeable about what needed to be done and went to great lengths to ensure the treatment to resolve the problem was in my best interest. He and assistant Sarah Riley were very professional yet personable. They worked together seamlessly in a manner that put me at ease and were very focused on fixing the tooth. Any physical discomfort was minimal and both Dr. Vetter and Sarah were encouraging and positive. A very good experience.

Sarah R.

I come to Gainesville Dental Group for my routine cleanings and absolutely love it! It’s very clean and I love how up to date they are with digital X-rays and photos of the teeth. I had to have a filling and they were able to point out on the screen where my cavity was on the X-ray. It’s much easier getting the work done when you have an understanding of what the doctor is doing! Dr. Vetter did my filling and the whole procedure was pain free! I can’t say enough good things about this group!

Linda H.

Dr. Gannon and Hannah were great. They talked me thru my procedure and made sure I was comfortable and pain free. The office was friendly and pleasant. My hubby and son have used them and liked them. I've found a new dentist! Thank You GDG.

Candace C.

Since I started my orthodontic treatment fifteen months ago, the staff at Gainesville Dental Group have been exceptional. Dr. Vetter is so kind and energetic and Kim puts you at ease while she works miracles! I am thrilled at my results and that they worked within my timeframe. I gladly recommend The Gainesville Dental Group for a personalized experience. Thank you!

Kayla B.

The whole office staff is amazing! Super friendly and helpful. Dr. Gannon has always been very nice and does great work! My husband sees Dr. Vetter and has only good things to say as well. I highly recommend this office!

Lorrie M.

This is by far the best dental group I have been to in a long time. The staff is wonderful and caring. From the front office to the Dentists are a class act. Very kind and explain step by step. High quality work. Don't plan on going anywhere else. My husband has had the same experience. Do yourself a favor and check them out. Tell them Lorrie sent you

Bruce Y.

Great dental visit! Went in for annual cleaning and x-rays. Donna did an awesome job and pointed out a potential issue which she brought up to the doctor who concurred. It was an excellent visit. Thank you to the "team" @ Gainesville Dental Group.

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426 Spring St SE
Gainesville GA, 30501

Tel: (770) 297-0401

Opening Hours

Monday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Our office is open for normal business hours and we are following all ADA/CDC guidelines to ensure staff and patient safety.