You likely know that brushing is essential for maintaining good oral hygiene. However, many people regularly skip flossing since it takes extra time and they think brushing is enough. While this is common, flossing is even more important than brushing, and you can’t maintain great dental health with brushing alone. Our dentist in Reno, NV, explains more about why flossing is important here.

Bacteria Buildup

Plaque sits just below the gumline and harbors harmful bacteria. While brushing removes some plaque, flossing is more effective at getting in the crevices and knocking it loose. Flossing brings more debris to the surface so you can brush it away. Bacteria buildup can cause:

  • Gum disease/gingivitis
  • Periodontal disease
  • Tooth loss
  • Bad breath
  • Cavities/tooth decay
  • Tooth staining

Fight more bacteria by flossing before brushing! 

Why Floss?

Since brushing only removes surface-level food particles and bacteria, there are still food particles and bacteria between your teeth that cause damage. Flossing before brushing removes much more debris and plaque than brushing alone does. This promotes healthy gums, gets rid of bad breath, and is good for your overall dental health. 

If You Don’t Floss…

If you neglect to floss, plaque will continue to build up between the teeth and eventually harden into tartar, which is extremely difficult to remove. Tartar and plaque force bacteria to travel down the gum line, which causes inflammation, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. These conditions ultimately lead to tooth loss and bone thinning.

Keep up on your flossing! Additionally, professional dental visits are essential to remove tartar and prevent periodontal disease. Contact our dentist to schedule a cleaning today!

Contact Our Dentist in Reno, NV, for More Information

To get in contact with our friendly team at Atencio Dentistry, call our Reno office today at 775-829-8684!

Your 5-Star-Rated & New Favorite Dentist in Northern Nevada

The team at Atencio family dentistry is amazing. The entire staff is kind, courteous, professional and most of all understanding of your needs. The prices are very reasonable and Dr. Atencio's work is perfection. Their dedication to professionalism and the highest quality dental care is why I only trust Atencio family dentistry. Well worth the drive for a great dental experience. See you next time.

- Justin warren b 5 star review

Had a recent visit to Atencio Dentistry as a new patient; staff was wonderful and accommodating to my disability needs from appointment scheduling to cleaning. My hygienist was very gentle. Dr. Atencio was present to review my dental X-rays and properly evaluated what needed to be done. Needed referral for evaluation for my jaw discomfort. Will be back to get what needs to be done and for my next cleaning.

- Donna abilene r 5 star review

Dr. Atencio and his staff are so friendly, kind, gentle and professional! I had a tooth pulled today, and everyone was awesome. Dr. Atencio was amazing and when he was done I was shocked that the tooth had been pulled. I highly recommend Dr. Atencio for any of your dental needs!

- Jeff j parel 5 star review

I like Karian, my new hygienist. She is personable, professional, knows her craft and made me feel comfortable and at ease. A very nice addition to Atencio's team. I also love the new air filtering equipment that has been added in each hygienist work station. An extra measure of precaution during this pandemic.
Nice to see a profession that is so proactive and protective during these challenging times

- Maggie kathleen a 5 star review

Excellent!! Wish I could give more stars as I am deathly afraid of the dentist and this office is amazing. Love the fact I can have nitrous oxide for cleanings. Sarah the dental hygienist is amazing!!! Best Dentist (Dr. Atencio) I have ever had in my 59 years!!! Thank you

- Cathy julius w 5 star review

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Our Reno, NV
Dental Office
3773 Baker Lane, Suite #3
Reno, NV 89509


Office Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8AM - 4PM

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