We all know how important it is to brush our teeth three times a day – once in the morning, once midday and once right before bed. However, one aspect of oral hygiene that is not taken seriously enough is flossing. When we ask our patients if they floss every day, we’re frequently met with a look of discontent or hesitation. We understand that it’s not everyone’s favourite oral health care routine; however, it is key for a healthy mouth. The following article will discuss four reasons you need to floss your teeth per day.
Flossing Removes Hard-To-Reach Bacteria
When we eat, we chew with our rear molars. Food particles have the tendency to hide in the crevices of our rear teeth and underneath our gums. Flossing is the most effective way to remove the particles that are hiding in crevices that the toothbrush is unable to reach. If you only brush your teeth, you’re likely not cleaning all the areas in your mouth, which could lead to problematic issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.
One explanation we often hear from our patients is that they stopped flossing because their gums started to bleed. However, the only way to stop the bleeding is to continue flossing. Your gums are delicate and require consistent care. When plaque accumulates along your gums, they become inflamed. If you floss at least once per day, you will notice that your gums are bleeding less and less. If you remain consistent for a week or two, your gums will be healthy, and your gums will stop bleeding.
Chronic bad breath can be temporarily treated with breath mints, gum. Mouthwash, and tongue cleaning, but you might be neglecting another important treatment method. When particles of food get stuck in your teeth’ crevices and underneath your gums, it rots and contributes to foul-smelling breath. Flossing removes harmful bacteria and germs that contribute to bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis.
The condition of your gums and your teeth affects your overall health. Infected and inflamed gums can lead to gum disease and gingivitis, which could result in severe oral harm, including tooth loss. Furthermore, there is a link between gum disease and heart disease. Flossing effectively removes those harmful germs and bacteria from your mouth that could contribute to health issues outside of the mouth.
Brushing your teeth is only one part of the oral health equation – flossing and other things like limiting your sugar consumption will go a long way in strengthening your oral health. For more information on how to floss your teeth properly, contact Grande Prairie Family Dental Clinic today!