We know, you have good intentions. You think about flossing, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen as much as you/your dentist would like. The fact is, flossing only takes a couple of minutes out of your day. If you can make time for that, the payoff can be big. Keep reading to find out more about why you should make time for flossing.
Why Should You Floss?
There are many good practices that can lead to healthy teeth and gums. One of the most important dental health practices is regular flossing. When you practice good brushing habits, you are cleaning the surface of the teeth. However, there are areas in between the teeth where bacteria can hide that is not able to be cleaned with brushing alone, which is why flossing is so crucial to maintain good oral health. Make this a habit and next time you’re at the dentist you don’t have to make a weird face or feel guilty for not flossing.
Flossing Prevents Health Problems
If you practice good flossing habits, then you effectively remove plaque that accumulates in between teeth. Plaque build-up in between teeth can lead to an array of health problems, Best laptops for programming which include cavities, gum disease, tooth decay. If you have gum disease, it puts you at an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, and a high body mass index. If you can help to combat those things by flossing for a couple of minutes every day, we recommend you do it! Think of the time you’d have to spend dealing with more serious health issues.
Flossing Prevents Gingivitis
When you floss on a regular basis, it can prevent gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Common symptoms of gingivitis can include:
• Swollen gums
• Bleeding gums when flossing or brushing
• Red gums
• Bad breath
If gingivitis is left untreated, it can lead to periodontal disease, which is an advanced form of gingivitis. When a person has periodontal disease, it can cause the gums to pull away from teeth. The space that forms from the gums pulling away from the teeth are susceptible to infection. Furthermore, when a person does not seek treatment for periodontal disease, it can cause teeth to become loose and they may have to be removed.
Flossing Reduces Bad Breath
Regular flossing also eliminates bacteria that leads to bad breath, and flossing everyday removes food from in between teeth that can make them appear dull and unhealthy. Regular flossing does not only improve the dental health, but it also improves the appearance of teeth.
If you have any questions about flossing, proper flossing technique or anything related to your dental health, contact our office and we’d be happy to help you.