If you are like most of us, flossing your teeth is probably an afterthought. You likely only floss when your gums or mouth hurt, your teeth feel “dirty” or you have something lodged between them. Maybe you only floss when you have a moment of peace and quiet or when your hands are not otherwise occupied.
Many of us believe that flossing is not really necessary. Isn’t brushing enough? The truth is, that even if you brush regularly and effectively, there are still many compelling reasons why flossing is important and should be done on a regular basis. Believe it or not, failure to floss could actually be detrimental to your overall general health. Here’s why:
- Your gums and teeth stay healthier with regular flossing. Dental floss cleans better than any other medium that you can use at home, to fight bacteria and decay between your teeth. Regular flossing can help prevent gum disease, but can also keep your gums more comfortable and stronger. Minimizing bleeding, redness and soreness allows your gums to both feel and look healthier. Your teeth will appear whiter, as stains between them are reduced. Gums are less likely to recede, so that the appearance of discolored roots is less likely.
- Flossing helps prevent bad breath. This is true for the reasons mentioned above, but proper cleaning of unexposed dental surfaces minimizes hiding places for bacteria to grow and produce oral odor.
- Flossing may reduce the risk of heart disease. Regular and effective removal of bacterial from the mouth, leaves less potential for the same bacteria to enter the bloodstream through decay or abrasion. Although not flossing is unlikely to cause heart disease, the theory is that inflammation caused by bacterial agents may place stress on the heart.
- Flossing can save you money! How? You are likely to incur less dental or medical bills, due to decay or gum disease.
If you need prompt and professional dental care in the South Attleboro area, please contact us. Whether you have serious dental health issues or simply need take preventative measures to retain your current level of oral soundness, our professional staff is dedicated to making your dentistry experience as comfortable and efficient as possible.