Is flossing really necessary? Yes! Often overlooked, flossing is a necessary part of maintaining good oral hygiene. Believe it or not, flossing daily has been linked to helping to prevent not just gum disease but also heart problems and Alzheimer’s disease as well.
Below are 7 top reasons why it is important to floss at least once every day. Dr. Paul G. Davis, Jr. of Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX knows not everyone wants to floss but is hoping that these 7 reasons will change your approach to flossing.
1. It prevents bad breath
For any people, this is the number one reason they floss – to prevent bad breath. The acids that cause bad breath form when bacteria build up between teeth. The bacteria form as a result of food particles left behind in your mouth after eating…thus flossing helps to preserve gum health.
2. Flossing removes cavity-causing bacteria from hard-to-reach places
Bacteria are always present in our mouths; over 500 different species. Most of the bacteria are harmless but can cause cavities, especially those that live between your teeth and gums. If the bacteria is not removed with adequate brushing and flossing, this puts the teeth at risk for cavities.
3. It reduces your risk of gum disease
As stated previously, the bacteria hanging around your teeth can cause cavities but it can also cause gum disease. What may start out as some bleeding around the gums can turn into severe tooth decay and eventually lead up to tooth and bone loss. You may not even have other symptoms until it is too late. The best and most effective thing you can add to your daily oral hygiene routine is to floss daily and keep those pesky bacteria at bay.
4. Gum disease is directly linked to serious health problems
Obviously gum disease affects the gums and teeth but it can also affect your overall health in ways that seem unrelated. There have been recent studies done and have shown that there is a link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Dentists have known for years that gum disease is linked to cardiovascular problems and low birth weight in babies. The best way to not only prevent gum disease but also keep your body healthy is to maintain a good oral hygiene routine including flossing.
5. Brushing alone only gets 60% of the plaque off of your teeth
Most of us brush regularly but may not follow up with flossing regularly. Brushing only removes 60% of plaque in and around our teeth. Nearly 40% of plaque is left behind between teeth after brushing alone. To get the job done and remove plaque flossing or other interdental cleaning must be performed.
6. Flossing saves you money in the long run
We all love to save money. Flossing regularly will help do that. It will help you avoid those expensive, complex and often uncomfortable procedures by keeping your teeth and gum healthy. So get out that dental floss and start flossing every time you brush your teeth. Your wallet will thank you.
7. Your dentist will be proud of you
Want to score some “dental hygiene points” with your dentist or hygienist? Floss every day! Otherwise, you might be subject to the gentle nudging/reminder to floss every day and clean between your teeth. Your mouth (and your hygienist) will notice and will feel healthier.
Expert Dental Care in Bedford, TX
Dr. Davis and his team at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX are here to help if it has been a while or if you need tips and techniques on flossing. Dr. Davis is an experienced dentist that offers affordable professional dental care in a warm and welcoming environment. Make your appointment today by calling 817-382-8869 or schedule online.
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