For a lot of people flossing is not part of their daily home teeth cleaning routine. The reality is flossing every day is just as important as brushing your teeth. Most dentists would recommend that you floss every day and brush your teeth twice daily.
Preventative Oral Care
You can find millions of germs and bacteria in your oral cavity. Regardless of how well you maintain your teeth, bacteria and microorganisms can still be found trapped between your teeth especially if you are not practicing proper dental hygiene like brushing and flossing.
Thorough flossing can help remove excess food debris and bacteria from areas that brushing your teeth cannot reach. Flossing helps prevent the build-up of micro-organic colonies in these hard to reach places. By flossing regularly, you can help prevent bacteria from turning into plaque, which coats and stains your teeth making them look yellow and helps prevent further damage to your teeth over time. Brushing and flossing together form the foundations of at-home preventative oral care.
Prevents Tartar Build-Up
Plaque can build up on your teeth quickly and when left untreated, can turn into tartar. By flossing regularly at home, you can remove the build-up of plaque between your teeth and prevent the formation of tartar at the gum line. Plaque does not harden into tartar until it has been undisturbed for a period of time. Flossing regularly can help prevent the buildup from happening. Combining flossing with brushing and mouthwash can help you fight against the build-up of tartar.
More Effective Than Brushing Alone
Brushing and flossing work hand in hand to keep your teeth healthy. By neglecting to floss and only brushing your teeth is comparable to washing the outside of a drinking glass but not cleaning the inside. If you only brush your teeth 35% of your tooth’s surface will remain uncleaned and this is due to the bristles of your toothbrush not being able to reach all areas of your teeth. Dental floss can help dislodge food and bacteria build-up that gets trapped between your teeth and gums that your toothbrush can’t reach.
Flossing Keeps Your Breath Fresh
The food you eat can get stuck between your teeth and gum line which can contain bacteria that lead to bad breath. By adding flossing to your daily routine you can help remove any foul odors that come from food and bacteria being stuck in your teeth and keep your breath fresh while keeping your teeth free from any visible food particles.
Flossing Helps Prevent Gum Disease
Plaque does not only just stain your teeth or look unpleasant. When left untreated plaque can build up on your teeth which can lead to gum disease. Gum disease is the inflammation and infection of the gums caused by the build-up of plaque. When plaque eats away and erodes your soft gum tissue, it causes periodontal disease. Periodontitis which is an advanced form of periodontal disease can result in severe tooth decay and root canal issues. An effective way to prevent the build-up of plaque is to remove bacteria at the base of the teeth which are the most vulnerable points of the gums through flossing.