- Help fight tooth decay
- Keep bad breath at bay
- Prevent gum disease
- Maintain a whiter and younger smile
- Prevent heart disease
Flossing for Oral Health
No one wants to have the dentist tell them they have cavities. And trust me, I don’t like having to tell them. You see, what happens when you don’t floss regularly is that you are setting up a breeding ground for plaque and bacteria. Pretty soon, not only will this effect your teeth, but you gum line as well. And trust me, that is no problem you want to have.
Plaque also contributes to bad breath. Like cavities, halitosis is caused by built up bacteria. Eliminating the plaque between teeth can result in fresher breath as it removes that accumulated bacteria.
Many patients learn the hard way how leaving plaque on the teeth can lead to gum disease. Not flossing means excess plaque between and around each tooth, and over time that plaque can calcify into tartar. Tartar causes inflammation of the gums and can easily lead to gingivitis. Plaque can be removed with floss at home but tartar can only be scaled away at your dentist’s office, so stop the problem before it starts by flossing every day.
A Whiter Smile, A Healthier Heart
Some of the benefits of flossing are more cosmetic than anything. Getting the build-up out from between your teeth can make a smile whiter. This is one of the first things patients seem to notice after starting a regular flossing routine, along with improvements in their breath. Flossing is also shown to keep gums from receding. This not only makes a smile look younger, it also preserves the way teeth are positioned.
It may sound strange, but flossing every day can protect your heart from certain diseases. Some research shows a strong link between periodontitis (chronically inflamed gums) and build up in the arteries. Bacteria can cross over into the bloodstream more easily in the mouth than in other places. You can decrease the chances of such bacteria reaching your bloodstream by keeping the space between your teeth clean with flossing.
Floss Every Day
While these may be the top 5 reasons I have found for flossing, they are certainly not the only reasons. I do hope, though, that this inspires you to break out your floss every day. Patients are often tempted to ramp up their flossing routine right before a trip to the dentist, to make up for lost time, but this does little good. To benefit from flossing it needs to happen everyday, all the time. It only takes a minute to do each day and we can show you how to floss correctly if you need some pointers.