IS FLOSSING IMPORTANT? YES! READ ON TO SEE WHY.
Your teeth are a huge part of your health. Though millions of people go every day of their lives without flossing, flossing truly does have a huge impact on your overall dental health. So what does flossing actually do to help your teeth? Keep reading to find out.
THE ARGUMENT FOR FLOSSING
Flossing is a must for a few different reasons. When we eat food particles get stuck between our teeth. This food, if left between the teeth, has the potential to harbor bacteria and the microscopic organisms that cause cavities. This bacteria eats the food particles that are left between your teeth and can then cause decay. Cavities between the teeth are very common, especially in those individuals with teeth that are very close together. This bacteria can also cause plaque that then turns to tartar. Unfortunately, tartar must be scraped or scaled off of your teeth by your dentist. On top of that, bacteria between the teeth can also cause gingivitis or inflammation of the gums around the teeth.
These are all issues in and of themselves but they can all happen at once and can lead to much more serious issues. Gingivitis can lead to deadening of the nerves inside your teeth. It can also cause decay which can cause your root to die which can then make teeth fall out. All of this infection, inflammation, and decay can work to make your teeth weak, unsightly, and can lead to the need for removal or for major reconstruction of the teeth. Flossing will stop all of this? Not exactly, flossing works to help remove debris and gunk from between the teeth. Pairing this with a healthy dental hygiene routine can help to prevent decay and damage to the teeth.
WHAT FLOSSING REALLY DOES
Flossing namely works to remove the food and gunk like plaque from between the teeth. It can also help to ‘toughen’ the gums and help them become a bit more firm around the teeth. It can also help to reduce bad breath, treat gingivitis, remove unsightly food from the teeth, and promote a healthy mouth all around. Floss that has been dipped in Listerine or a similar mouthwash can help to deliver the bacteria killing solution between the teeth as well to help make your mouth healthier as a whole. Flossing is a great habit to get into as it only takes a few moments each day and can improve your health overall.
TRUE DENTAL HEALTH REQUIRES MORE THAN JUST FLOSSING
Your teeth may still be at risk without a good dental hygiene routine and without a dentist. You should visit the dentist at least twice a year to have your teeth deep cleaned and checked for cavities. Your dental hygienist and dentist will work to spot issues like gingivitis, inflammation, infection, decay and more within your mouth. Flossing is just one part of the routine that you need to have in place to help keep your mouth healthy and ready for anything.
You should visit the dentist immediately if you are having issues. They can help take care of any problems that you are dealing with. Taking the time to get to the dentist as soon as you start having problems with your teeth can mean the difference between teeth that can be repaired and teeth that have to be removed.
The helpful staff at Biltmore Commons Dental Care can help you to get your teeth in great shape and can give you tips about how to care for your teeth and can explain why flossing is so important. Schedule your appointment today to see if your teeth are as healthy as you think they are.