It’s no surprise: Flossing is serious business. There’s no denying that adapting a regular flossing habit is beneficial to the health of your gums and teeth. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that flossing can be beneficial to you, the flosser.
By now you know that plaque is an enemy of dental health. A thin sticky film of bacteria that continually accumulates on and between your teeth and around your gums, left unchecked, is what causes cavities in otherwise healthy teeth. Brushing helps, but it’s the plaque between your teeth that are of particular concern. Flossing is the only way to break up the colonies of bacteria that build up between the teeth to reduce risk of cavities.
Flossing can also help prevent gingivitis, or gum inflammation that results in gum irritation, swelling and redness in gums. Regular flossing reduces the risk of gingivitis and the more severe gum disease periodontitis, which can result in tooth decay and eventual tooth loss if left untreated.
Flossing may also help reduce the risk of other bodily disease, including heart disease, respiratory illness and diabetes. Some studies have shown lowering oral bacteria may result in lower risks of certain bodily diseases.
The American Dental Association has a step-by-step guide to get you started on the proper way to floss. Differing types of floss, floss holders and additional aids are available to make the experience as painless as possible for you, the patient!
Our dentists and hygienists would be more than happy to help you today, so don’t hesitate to call on us for help. We love flossing, and you can too!