Dentists recommend that flossing should be an integral part of your oral care routine because it provides care and cleaning to the areas of your teeth that a tooth brush cannot reach. Over time when you eat and drink the areas in between your teeth and the small gaps along your gum line become vulnerable to dental problems, from a buildup of bacteria. This is because food particles get lodged in between the gaps and a tooth brush alone cannot remove them. If you do not floss and allow plaque to remain in between teeth it collects at the gum line and eventually hardens into a substance known as tartar, which can then only be removed by the dentist. On top of being a health issue the buildup of plaque then becomes a cosmetic issue because it can cause discoloration and staining on your teeth as well cavities. Here is a look at 5 reasons why flossing should not be ignored.
- Prevents cavities
According to the American Dental Association, the soft bristles on your toothbrush can remove the sticky plaque on your teeth that can cause cavities but flossing helps clean the spaces between teeth. Without flossing, cavities can start to form in between your teeth where your brush cannot reach. Cavities may also start to cause pain and increase tooth sensitivity to sweet, cold or hot food. If you want to avoid dental exams to detect cavities that form in between teeth then consider flossing daily.
- Protects gums
The soft tissue of your gum protects the roots that connect your teeth to the bones in your jaw. Small food particles can get caught in the tissue between your teeth. Plaque can build up and harden into tartar. Only a dentist or dental assistant can remove tartar from teeth. If untreated, tartar and plaque will spread bacteria below the gum line, causing periodontitis, which is the advancement of gingivitis. When teeth are left untreated periodontal disease sets in. The gums can begin to pull away or recede from the teeth and the spaces that form can become infected. Without treatment the teeth may eventually become loose and then have to be removed.
- Stops Bad breath
If bacteria and food particles are left in between your teeth it can actually cause really bad breath. Bad breath is caused by sulphur-producing bacteria that normally live on the surface of the tongue and in the throat. Regular flossing can help prevent bad breath and your teeth healthy.
- A bright smile
Flossing regularly will keep your teeth looking white and shiny. When food and drinks stick to the teeth, plaque buildup on the teeth occurs and results in staining. By flossing you can remove the stubborn yellow spots and food particles providing a cleaner, healthier smile.
- Saves your money
By practicing regular preventive dental care, like flossing, you won’t need expensive dental procedures that will cost you time and money. There is an increased chance of cavities if you don’t floss regularly and you will need costly procedures such as root canals and crowns or veneers which add even more to the cost of your dental care.
We hope you will contact our dentists in Higley Park Dental Care at 480.559.8098., to learn more about flossing.