Every time you go to the dentist, they usually tell you to floss every day. Yet, most people don’t take the couple minutes a day to floss. The purpose of flossing is to remove food and plaque. If you don’t like flossing, or just don’t want to do it, it is important to remember why it matters for keeping your smile healthy.
Flossing prevents a couple major issues with your teeth. Regular flossing prevents buildup of plaque. There are over 500 different bacteria in plaque, which can irritate your gums and cause inflammation. If not treated, it will cause gingivitis. Gingivitis can be painful and cause your gums to start bleeding. Another issue caused by lack of flossing, are cavities. Without flossing, cavities can form in-between the teeth and damage your tooth enamel. This makes your teeth even more susceptible to getting cavities.
Gingivitis, if not treated, can become periodontal disease. This disease can enter your bloodstream and cause series health problems like diabetes. For women, it can cause babies to have a low birth weight. Obviously, the easy and sure way of preventing this disease is brushing your teeth and flossing regularly.
You should floss at least once a day. The best time to floss is before you sleep, since you will not be eating anything more the day. This will remove any food or plaque from in-between your teeth and along your gums. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stated, “Flossing is an important oral hygiene practice. Tooth decay and gum disease can develop when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth and along the gum line. Professional cleaning, tooth brushing, and cleaning between teeth (flossing and the use of other tools such as interdental brushes) have been shown to disrupt and remove plaque.”
Make sure you are brushing your teeth at least twice daily, as well. Good antimicrobial toothpaste will reduce gingivitis, prevent cavities, and remove plaque. This will keep your mouth and teeth clean and healthy. You should be motivated to floss every day when you see those plastic containers of dental floss. It is simple and quick, and has lots of benefits for your teeth and gums.