Everyone knows that flossing is important, but for some reason – while most patients tend to brush their teeth at least semi-regularly (some of them even twice a day, and after meals!) it’s much harder to convince everyone to floss. This isn’t just an observation our dentists in the Anaheim area have noticed, either. It’s pretty safe to say that flossing isn’t the most popular activity for dental patients pretty much anywhere. But it’s still important to do – for a few feasons. Read about some of them below…
1. Prevent Bleeding Gums
If your gums are healthy – they shouldn’t be bleeding. So, if you find that your gums are bleeding when you brush or floss – you might be suffering from a cause of either gingivitis or periodontitis.
In most cases, gum inflammation – otherwise known as gingivitis, comes before gum disease (periodontitis). But in many common cases, an improvement in oral hygiene and other factors can prevent gingivitis from progressing to gum disease.
2. Fight Bad Breath: Flossing isn’t just to prevent gum disease and other problems, it can also help a great deal if you suffer from bad breath. Bacteria and leftover food particles contribute to bad breath – they also tend to hang out in between your teeth. Fortunately, some floss can help!
3. Fight Tartar: Plaque is usu
Neglecting to floss may be the culprit for bad breath that you can’t seem to get rid of. (Leftover food particles from last weeks lunch are bound to not smell so great, right?)
4. Help keep your teeth white: if you’re trying to make sure your teeth stay white, it’s not a good idea to skip flossing. Removing buildup between your teeth helps cut down on the appearance of coloration in your entire smile.
5. Prevent Cavities: When you let bacteria sit for too long, it begins to contribute to decay. Decay is what leads to cavities. This is a problem not just because a cavity needs to be filled, but because it disrupts the entire structure of the tooth, and should be avoided at all costs. Because a tooth is never as strong as when it’s in it’s healthiest, most natural state.