The one question everyone dreads answering when they get to your dentist’s office: “Have you been flossing regularly?” For some patients, it’s an automatic yes. For others, it’s a different story. Many people are responsible when it comes to brushing their teeth twice a day (which is what the American Dental Association recommends), but much fewer people following the recommendation to floss at least once, daily. If you ever second guessed flossing, were too tired and skipped it, or haven’t even attempted to floss, you should know that flossing isn’t just to keep your smile pretty and healthy, it can prevent life threatening diseases! Here are some reasons to stop skipping the floss:
Flossing and brushing are more effective
If your first thought when going to the dentist is “I brush my teeth so I’m fine”, you’re wrong. Although brushing can help maintain your health orally, your toothbrush cannot reach the places floss can. Floss was specifically invented to remove plaque from tight spaces in between the teeth. Places that your toothbrush can’t reach. With less plaque between your teeth, the fluoride of your toothpaste can do a better job.
Flossing can save you money.
In this day and age, health care costs are rising and insurance benefits are diminishing. Research done by the Children’s Dental Health Project shows that preventative care now (including flossing) can pay significantly down the road. You are less likely to suffer down the road if you take preventative care towards your teeth now by flossing.
Flossing protects your gums.
The places where the gums and teeth meet is where flossing plays its main role. Tiny particles of food can get lodged in these areas, causing plaque to harden over time. This can lead to tartar, which leads to gingivitis. Gingivitis is when your gums get swollen and red, and it is the first symptom of gum disease. If gum disease goes unchecked, it can cause severe inflammation, and even tooth and bone loss.
Flossing prevents other diseases.
Tooth and gum disease goes way beyond just discolored teeth, discomfort, and bad breath. Extensive research shows that this unhealthy bacteria can harm the rest of your body, leading to heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory ailments. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and more than 25 million Americans suffer from diabetes. To think, this could possibly be prevented by flossing.
Flossing prevents tartar buildup.
Tartar buildup is caused by plaque that forms around the gum line. Flossing helps remove plaque before it has the chance to turn into tartar. Fighting tartar starts with brushing, flossing, and rinsing with a proper mouthwash approved by the ADA.
To maintain your teeth healthy visit your trusted Livermore Dentist at least twice a year to get an exam and checkup. Prevent your teeth from being ruined by maintaining your dental hygiene at its best by flossing everyday.