Most people know you should floss. If you want to keep your teeth and gums strong, clean, and healthy for as long as possible, brushing and flossing are essential to any good oral hygiene routine. But it can be hard to remember to floss as well as brush. Well, in this blog, we’ll take a look at some very solid reasons why you should floss every day.
Along with scheduling regular check-ups, flossing is key to maintaining good dental health and hygiene. Here are seven reasons why you should floss every day.
More effective than brushing
Flossing is actually more effective at cleaning some parts of your teeth than brushing is. Floss is specifically designed to get into hard-to-reach places. When you’re cleaning your teeth, try to make sure you clean your whole tooth, i.e. the top, front, back, and sides – this is where floss comes in handy. Floss is made to fit in the tight spaces between teeth and ensures a complete, comprehensive clean.
Prevents plaque from building up
When you don’t floss, it’s easy for a substance called plaque to build up in the spaces between your teeth and around the gums. Plaque is a sticky substance full of bacteria that causes tooth decay. Using floss to clean in between your teeth and around your gums is a great way to get rid of all the plaque and stop tartar building up.
Prevents tartar build-up
If plaque stays on your teeth for too long, it can harden into a tough yellow substance that’s really hard to get off. This hard substance is called tartar and can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. In order to prevent tartar from building up around the spaces in between your teeth, try to include flossing in your teeth-cleaning regime.
Prevents gum disease and cavities
Plaque and tartar build-up between your teeth is what leads to gum disease, cavities, receding gums, loose teeth, loss of teeth, and more. Gum disease can cause bad breath, as well as more serious symptoms like gingivitis, infections, and sore mouth. To keep your teeth and gums as strong and healthy as possible, it’s important to floss regularly.
Prevents bad breath
Halitosis or bad breath is often caused by gum disease and plaque and tartar build-up. Bad breath can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. But the good news it’s that it’s often an easy fix as it often has to do with improper teeth cleaning. Make sure you floss every day to reduce your risk of having bad breath.
Reduces risk of heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses
Gum disease has recently been shown in research to be linked to more serious health concerns like heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses. To reduce your risk of developing heart disease, many dentists are recommending that their clients floss on a daily basis.
A straighter, whiter smile
Regular flossing can lead to stronger teeth and gums. With fewer cavities, less plaque build-up, and a reduced risk of gum disease, you’ll be smiling for longer, certain in the fact that you’re taking care of your teeth. It’s cheap, easy, and an effective way to take care of your teeth – so start flossing today!