We’ve all rolled our eyes when we’re repeatedly told how good flossing is for us and yet still many of us find it difficult to get into good habits where this particular element of oral health is concerned. However, if you manage to get into a positive routine when it comes to flossing you will really see the benefits. That’s because floss can get to the areas of your mouth that your toothbrush can’t, keeping your teeth and gums healthy and ensuring you’re doing the very best for your oral hygiene. Here are some of the specific benefits of regular flossing:
Eliminate cavities and reduce tooth decay. Flossing regularly is easily one of the simplest way to tackle cavities and tooth decay. If you have cavities then your teeth have essentially been worn away by bacteria from stuck food or broken down by plaque. Plaque acid will attack the tooth and break down the enamel, which can do real long term damage. Flossing can ensure that plaque doesn’t get the chance to develop and do bad things to your teeth and gums.
Shift that bad breath. Although you may have thought that bad breath was just an embarrassment or the product of too much smelly food it can actually be a symptom of a serious dental issue, such as gum disease. If you floss regularly you can make sure you get rid of all the particles that get trapped in between your teeth – these will break down and rot as they sit in your mouth and create a foul smell. Flossing once a day will not only get rid of the food particles but also the chemicals that are emitted by leftover food stuck between your teeth.
Prevent gum disease. Plaque is a major cause of gum disease and this will turn into tartar if you leave it untreated for too long. The longer the plaque is left the more of it will turn to tartar and when this happens you will need to see a dentist to get it removed. You also risk developing periodontal disease, which is a severe form of gum disease. Less serious forms of gum disease include gingivitis and even these can eat away at the soft tissue and bone in your mouth and cause tooth loss. Flossing daily will ensure that you keep gum disease at bay and that plaque never gets the chance to really take hold.
Cut your costs. The more you floss, the healthier you will be and the more money you can save, rather than spending out trying to treat problems with your health, from buying dental products to costly dental work.
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