Flossing, unfortunately, is often overlooked by most of us. Even though it is an essential part of maintaining good dental hygiene and overall dental health. What are the reasons for this? Well let’s continue and read through to below where we discuss the top reasons why you should floss your teeth every day:
Flossing Helps Avoid Periodontal Disease
Flossing is one of the most important hygiene techniques one can do to prevent the development of periodontal disease (sounds like a dinosaur, right?). Food debris gets trapped in the spaces where the gums and teeth meet and eventually that food debris will be attacked by oral bacteria. This is where your body will respond by activating its defenses. Daily flossing helps to remove most of the food and plaque that toothbrushes cannot reach, thus preventing the subsequent inflammation. Simply put, if left un-flossed, gingivitis eventually progresses to periodontal disease (GASP!).
Flossing Prevents Buildup of Tartar
Flossing daily helps to reduce and prevent tartar buildup around your teeth. And that means less scraping from the dentist at your next checkup.
Flossing Keeps Us Healthy
Recent research has shown us that when bacteria flourishes in an unhealthy mouth, it can lead to a number of serious health problems and diseases that aren’t just dental. The list includes cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, and more. The evidence is too much to ignore and maintaining good dental hygiene will help maintain good overall health for you.
Flossing Is Just as Important As Brushing
Brushing and flossing go hand in hand can be considered partners in the fight against periodontal disease (Again, sounds like a cool dinosaur. RAWR!). Dental floss is specifically designed to reach the tight spaces between the teeth and the gap between the teeth and gums. Brushing alone is not able to reach these areas where everything can build up between the teeth and gums. Dental floss also removes the plaque that builds up near the gum line and between the teeth and that in its self is helpful to get rid of.