Proper dental care (which includes regular flossing) can do more than keep your smile pretty and healthy. A healthy mouth can also help prevent much more serious diseases,But if you’re still not convinced that you should add flossing to your daily routine, we’ve got five examples to make the case that flossing is extremely important:
#5. Flossing and Brushing Are More Effective Than Brushing Alone
Unlike a toothbrush, which cleans the tops and outer surfaces of the teeth and gums floss is designed specifically to clean the tight spaces between the teeth and the gap between the base of the teeth and the gums.
These are places that a toothbrush can’t reach. And while antimicrobial mouthwash can kill the bacteria that form plaque, it can’t remove the stubborn tartar and bits of food that can lodge in these places. That’s where floss comes in. It’s a tool specifically made to remove plaque from the tight spaces between the teeth and under the gums. The ADA suggests that flossing before you brush also helps make brushing more effective: With less plaque caught between your teeth, the fluoride in toothpaste can get to more parts of your mouth. Think of floss and a toothbrush as a detail paintbrush and paint roller, respectively. You could paint your living room walls with just one of the tools, but using them together will provide a much better result.
#4. Flossing Protects Your Gums
The places where the gums and teeth meet are where flossing plays its major role. Tiny particles of food can get lodged here, and plaque in this area will harden and over time they form tartar, a thick deposit that only the dentist can remove with a scraper. Tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis, red, swollen gums that are the first stage of gum disease. If left unchecked, the bacteria-laden tartar and plaque can spread even deeper below the gum line, causing periodontitis: severe gum disease characterized by severe inflammation and eventual tooth and bone loss.
#3 It can save you money!
In an era of rising health care costs and diminishing insurance benefits, it pays to take steps to reduce your medical expenses. Dental Preventive care now can pay significant dividends down the road. Also consider the point above, If your general dentists deems that the extent of gum disease would be better treated by a specialist, your coinsurance might be higher at the specialists’ office.
#2 Flossing Helps Prevent Other Diseases
Tooth and gum disease can have effects that go far beyond discolored teeth, discomfort or bad breath. Extensive research has shown that the bacteria that flourish in an unhealthy mouth can harm the rest of the body, leading to heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illness. This is such a significant issue that, in 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began calling for public health initiatives to address oral health as a step toward addressing these potentially life-threatening systemic diseases, conditions that affect multiple organs and body systems.
#1 Preventing the build up of tartar, makes your 6 month check up and cleaning a breeze!
Few parts of a regular dental visit are as uncomfortable as the scraping the dentist or hygienist must do to remove tartar. Tartar is a hard buildup of plaque that forms around the gum line. Once it’s there, it can’t be removed without professional help. But thanks to floss, health-conscious individuals have a powerful tool to fight this stubborn problem.
Flossing allows you to remove the plaque that causes tartar while it’s in its early form: sticky, but soft and pliable. Since plaque doesn’t harden into tartar until it’s been undisturbed for a period of time, regular flossing can keep buildup from happening.