The Importance of Flossing

Be honest. How often do you floss your teeth? Many of us are brilliant when it comes to brushing but we neglect to floss. Flossing should be part of your daily oral hygiene routine. If it’s not already, here are some good reasons to start flossing:

Cleaning the gum line and between the cracks: when you clean your teeth, you may do a fantastic job with your brush, but even the most diligent person can’t clean the entire mouth with a toothbrush. There are parts of the mouth that cannot be reached with a brush, including the gum line and the cracks between the teeth. This is where flossing comes in handy. With dental floss, you can clean these areas, dislodging food debris and reducing the risk of plaque formation. Plaque is the main risk factor for decay and gum disease.

Lower risk of dental disease: cleaning your teeth is important for keeping your smile looking wonderful, but it’s also essential for your health. If you don’t clean your mouth properly, there’s a risk of plaque developing. This sticky film is made when bacteria and food debris combine with saliva. Plaque clings to the surfaces of the teeth and the gums, and it can increase the risk of gum disease and cavities. Flossing is an effective way to lower the risk of dental disease and keep your mouth healthy.

Fresh, clean breath: bad breath is a very common problem. In most cases, it is linked to poor oral hygiene, which causes bacteria to gather in different parts of the mouth, most notably at the back of the tongue. These bacteria release gases with an unpleasant odour when they feed. Flossing helps to prevent bad breath and keep the mouth feeling clean and fresh.

If you need any more advice about flossing or you’d like some flossing tips, why not call us or pop in and see us?