Taking care of your body keeps you mobile and healthy as you age. Regular flossing does the same thing for the health of your gums and teeth. Sounds great, right? Not to a lot of people.
Many skip this part of their oral hygiene routine despite the benefits it provides. Let’s go through what you gain by taking the time to do this along with the risks you bring on by continuing to let it slide.
You Help Your Gums Stay Healthy
Regular flossing helps remove built-up plaque between your teeth and below your gumline. It hardens into tartar that can’t be brushed away if not removed on a regular basis. That means another trip to the dentist to get rid of it.
Are your gums pink, swollen, and prone to bleeding? That’s often due to a build-up of bacteria in the plague around your gumline eating away at it.
Continued erosion of your gum tissues could cause the swelling to progress to periodontal disease. Bad cases of this lead to decaying teeth, root canal issues, and even tooth loss.
You Put a Stop to Bad Breath
Food built up between your teeth and below your gumline attracts bacteria, causing it to smell. Flossing removes this debris and the odor, making it much easier for your friends and family to hold conversations with you.
You Increase the Effects of Brushing
Even the most advanced electric toothbrushes can’t fit between the tight spaces of your teeth. That leaves a large portion of tooth surface untouched, making it prime real estate for cavities.
Adding flossing to the mix gets the spots missed by your toothbrush and mouthwash. You’re killing a lot more bacteria and doing a lot more to improve the overall health of your teeth and gums.
Every patient who visits Loveland Dental Group receives top-notch dental care and practical advice on good oral hygiene practices. North Carolina residents can call our Cornelius office at (704) 312-8889 or schedule an appointment online.