How often has your dentist asked you, “How often do you floss?” Your dentist ask this because he or she wants to stress the importance of flossing regularly. For some moving a piece of floss between your teeth isn’t the most pleasant feeling in the world. This is why most folks leave flossing out of their daily oral care routine. While brushing your teeth is important it isn’t sufficient to remove plaque and prevent cavities. Protect your teeth, gums, diseases and of course your smile by flossing daily.

Why just brushing your teeth isn’t enough?

A tooth has five surfaces and your toothbrush can only reach three of them. The two ignored surfaces are adjacent to the teeth next to them and food can easily get stuck in between. This creates an environment where bacteria could thrive, as a result creating plaque. Floss can act as an interdental tool and remove around 80% of plaque.

Why flossing is important and how to floss

Protecting your gums and teeth

Failing to floss creates an opportunity for plaque and bacteria to build up. As a result, bacteria will eventually begin to irritate gum tissue. As it progresses from bad to worse the bacteria increases and could cause Gingivitis (a periodontal disease that causes red and puffy gums to bleed easily.)

Apart from irritable gums the bacteria buildup will destroy the tooth’s enamel and cause cavities. By flossing you can prevent plaque buildup and make it hard for harmful bacteria to survive. Regular flossing can also help you check for potential cavities, swelling, or redness. Your teeth will look brighter because plaque is removed along with excess food that you may have not spotted in the mirror.

Protecting you from diseases

Heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses are some of the harmful things that may occur by avoiding flossing. Apart from oral diseases, Gingivitis can cause harm to the rest of your body by entering the bloodstream.

That is why flossing is important to your general health. It only takes a couple of minutes and you can easily floss anywhere; at home or work. Ideally you would want to floss after each meal.

If you are concerned about your oral health or have noticed sensitivity or unpleasant changes to your teeth or gums, please contact us and schedule an appointment.