Written on Sunday, May 31, 2020
As you learn from the dentist and in health class at school, it is important to floss your teeth daily. But why is this so important?
First and foremost, regularly flossing your teeth removes plaque. This keeps more plaque from building up and hardening between teeth and at your gum line. Removing all of the food particles and plaque from your teeth actually makes your smile appear brighter. Flossing also reaches where your toothbrush cannot.
Besides these reasons to floss your teeth daily, more exist. Doing so benefits your health in many ways. These include:
Unhealthy gums increase your risk of tooth decay and tooth loss. If you suffer gum disease, you can also soon need a root canal. Periodontal disease, also known as simply gum disease, occurs when plaque builds up at the gum line. But you remove much more of this plaque when you floss your teeth daily, when compared to just brushing, alone.
Sometimes when gums bleed or feel sensitive, it is easy to neglect your flossing routine. But you should likely not skip a day, even when you suffer these symptoms. Flossing actually improves gum health and prevents bleeding by removing plaque and food particles. One in eight American adults suffers gum disease. Most have this condition because they floss their teeth daily.
It often feels inconvenient to stop doing other things to floss your teeth daily. But doing so after your daily meals and when you brush your teeth at night easily becomes a part of an evening routine. As a result, you enjoy better dental hygiene. You also have a cleaner feeling mouth.
Some foods get stuck between teeth and cause greater plaque build-up than others. Among these foods are raisins, pretzels, chips, dried fruits and candies. Each of these have high starch or sugar content. Starch and sugar linger with the food debris between teeth and cause more plaque. Without flossing to remove this food and plaque, you risk getting more cavities.
People give their dentists many excuses for not flossing daily. You should try to avoid these reasons to not floss your teeth daily, whenever possible. After all, flossing takes only a few minutes out of your routine and easily integrates into your toothbrushing routine.
Common excuses for not flossing daily include:
Whether you find yourself neglecting to floss your teeth daily or struggle to properly do so, your dentist can help. Talk to them about daily flossing and other dental needs. With two locations in Raleigh and one in Goldsboro, NC, the dentists at Carolina Dental Arts want to help you make flossing a part of your daily routine. Schedule your next visit today.