Why Flossing Matters
You brush your teeth twice a day, is flossing really that important? While brushing your teeth is necessary for good dental hygiene, there are many benefits to flossing. When you include this step in your daily routine, you take great strides towards the overall health of your teeth and gums. Read on before you decide to skip out on flossing your teeth.
The Advantages of Flossing
Dental floss removes plaque and food particles in places your toothbrush often misses. If plaque builds up, tartar forms. Tartar is a hardened deposit that discolors your teeth, makes the removal of plaque more difficult, and leads to decay and gum disease. Tartar can only be removed by a professional dentist. Flossing also increases the brightness of your smile. You may not even realize how much plaque and debris are covering your teeth until it’s removed after flossing. Unhealthy gums often lead to the loss of teeth or the need for a root canal. Many people avoid flossing because their gums bleed easily. But flossing enhances your gum health and the more your floss, the less likely your gums will bleed. Reduce your risk for gingivitis and gum disease by flossing once a day. No matter your age, start today and you’ll take back your gum health.
The Best Time to Floss
Pick a time that you’ll remember and that enables you to be consistent. If you’re famous for running late in the mornings, don’t add another step to your morning routine. Many people have found that flossing right after lunch has multiple advantages. Not only does flossing remove food particles and plaque immediately after a meal, but it leaves their mouth feeling clean and decreases the temptation for an afternoon snack. Regardless of what time of day you commit to flossing your teeth, consistency is the key.
The Disadvantages to Flossing
Actually, there are no disadvantages! Flossing only has positive effects on your overall oral health. It promotes strong teeth by reducing the buildup of plaque that leads to tartar. Flossing also decreases your risk for gum disease and reduces the presence of gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first sign of gum disease but is easily treatable when flossing becomes a part of your daily routine. If your gums are currently sensitive, or you have arthritis and find flossing difficult, there are other options besides traditional floss. Consider using a water pik to keep your mouth clean and healthy. Talk to your dentist about flossing options rather than skipping it altogether.
It’s never too late to start flossing. Even if you’ve never been a consistent flosser, today’s a new day. Start taking the best care of your teeth and gums by adding this simple step into your oral hygiene routine. If you’re concerned about gingivitis or tartar, schedule an appointment at Anderson & Atkins, DDS today.