One of the most common questions your dentist may ask you is, “Have you been flossing regularly?” In most cases, the answer isn’t always yes. While it is imperative to brush your teeth at least twice a day, we recommend to floss at least once a day to maintain good oral health.
Flossing plays an important role in our oral health since it is considered an inter-dental cleaner; designed specifically to clean the tiny spaces between the teeth and the gap between the gums and the base of the teeth. These are the areas in the mouth a toothbrush, as well as mouthwash, cannot reach. In addition to maintaining a healthy smile, regular flossing can prevent more serious diseases.
The following are reasons while flossing is important:
- Flossing and brush are more effective than just brushing alone. While brushing helps physically remove plaque from your teeth, the bristles can’t clean effectively between the teeth or under the gums. Floss can be used to remove plaque between those tight spaces.
- Flossing protects gums. Particles of food get lodged between the gums and teeth, resulting in serious plaque buildup. Tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis.
- Flossing saves you money. If you regularly floss, you essentially reduce your medical expenses by having optimal oral health.
- Flossing prevents diseases. An unhealthy mouth can negatively impact the rest of the body, leading to diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory illness.
- Flossing prevents tartar buildup. As mentioned earlier, flossing allows you to remove plaque that causes tartar during its early stages.
If you are interested in a teeth cleaning appointment, contact your local Tooth Corner today!