Is it Good to Floss Everyday?
Since flossing can be a tricky and time-consuming process, it tends to be the first part of our dental routine that goes out of the window when time is short, or we are particularly tired. Sometimes we skip it simply because we can’t be bothered, and it’s not as important as brushing our teeth anyway is it? Wrong!
Flossing every day is just as important as daily brushing, and here’s why:
You get plaque between your teeth too
When you look at your smile you pay the most attention to the outer enamel of your teeth, since this is the area that is most visible. This means that when we brush our teeth, we tend to focus on this area too and most people spend more time cleaning the faces of their teeth than any other part of their mouth. While dental plaque does occur on the front of our teeth, it also forms in any gaps, however small, in-between them. This is because bacteria and food debris needed to create plaque is small enough to be microscopic.
The bristles of our brushes are often too cumbersome to get into all of the tiny gaps in our smile. However, flossing can! Thinner, smaller and more manoeuvrable, floss can be worked back and forth though the tiny spaces, pushing out food, bacteria and any plaque that has accumulated before it has chance to cause any real damage, such as cavities, to your teeth.
It helps to prevent periodontal disease
Periodontal disease occurs when we fail to rid our teeth of all of the plaque that has built up on them, and the bacteria within it spreads to our gums. In many cases, this happens because we have failed to clean the interdental areas properly, enabling the infection to begin. However, if you remove bacteria from the gum line through flossing, you shouldn’t develop periodontal disease. In addition, your body won’t need to try and send extra blood cells to the area to fight an infection, and your teeth will stop bleeding when you brush or floss.
Since, left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to pain, abscesses, jaw bone deterioration and tooth loss, taking steps to preventing the condition by flossing daily could save you from a variety of debilitating effects.
If you are pregnant, it can help you to have a healthy baby
Studies have shown that women with periodontal disease are more likely to go into labor prematurely and have a low birth-weight baby. By keeping periodontal disease at bay through flossing, you could have a healthier pregnancy and reduce your risk of the aforementioned problems associated with the birth.
You can lower your risk of other health conditions too
Periodontal disease has also been linked to the development of many other chronic and even deadly health conditions, including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, heart disease and respiratory problems. If you needed an extra reason to floss your teeth daily, this should be it!
If you would like more information on the importance of flossing, or you would like advice and guidance on the tools and techniques you should use to floss effectively, our friendly and experienced team would be happy to assist you. Please telephone our offices or pop in to see us and let us teach you how to make flossing an easy part of your daily dental routine.