Is Flossing Important or Just Ignore it?

It's easy to forget about flossing — in fact, most people are guilty of it. Flossing is one of the most important things you can do for your oral health, but hardly anyone does it consistently or at least do it once in a while ?. We're going to look at some important reasons why flossing is important:

1) Eliminating food and bacteria from between teeth
2) Prevent bad breath
3) Removing plaque buildup that can harden into tartar on teeth
4) Helps prevent gum disease
5) Save money and your teeth 


1. Flossing Helps Remove Food and Bacteria Between Teeth. 

Flossing is an effective way to remove food particles and bacteria between your teeth, where toothbrushes simply can’t reach. It removes plaque and food particles that stick between your teeth and gums. Flossing is a key part of your oral health routine. 

Research has shown that plaque (bacteria) build up between your teeth and gums and the longer that plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the more they irritate the gingiva and then it becomes inflamed (gingivitis), this increases tear flow and worsens your existing tooth or gum problems. 
The American Dental Association recommends flossing your teeth at least once a day, but to be honest, it’s not the most exciting part of your day. To make the flossing session easier, use tools like the popular Easy Flosser or a similar device. Interdental brushes can also be used and it is as effective as flossing. We will not recommend water jet (irrigators) because they are not effective as traditional flossing. 


#2. Flossing Prevents Bad Breath and Gum Disease. 

In the United States, between 60–75% of adults suffer from bad breath. Although brushing your teeth properly regularly can help clear up bad breath, most people do not brush enough throughout the day. Research shows that brushing and flossing your teeth just one time a day can improve your overall oral health. If particles of food are left in the mouth, bacteria accumulate and produce sulfur compounds that can lead to bad breath, The best treatment for bad breath is regular brushing, flossing, tongue scraping. Also keeping the mouth hydrated can reduce mouth odor so do these 4 things on a daily basis. Also you may visit your dentist just for checking to see if you have cavities or gingivitis. The dentist can use instruments or sometimes use x-rays to examine your gums before they come to light. 


#3. Flossing Removes Plaque Buildup that can Harden Into Tartar. 

Brushing alone won’t get rid of all of the plaque that builds up on your teeth every day. You need to floss, too. Plaque can get stuck between your teeth and along the gum line where your toothbrush can’t reach. You can get plaque buildup on your gums quickly and can harden into tartar which is much more difficult to remove. In fact, tartar can only be removed by a dental professionals so brushing or flossing can not remove tartar. 


#4. Helps Prevent Gum Disease. 

Bad breath, cavities, and gum disease can hurt your teeth. The bacteria in your mouth and on your teeth can lead to gum disease which can cause tooth loss if left untreated. Clogged gums not only cause inflammation due to plaque buildup but also the bacteria that cause bad breath also cause bacterial infections in your mouth when they reproduce inside your mouth. This leads to gum (periodontal) disease, which can be difficult to treat. Keep your mouth clean with a little help from flossing. 


#5. Save Money and Your Teeth.

Many people are scared of going to the dentist. But the biggest reason for getting regular dental care is cost. Treating gum disease, replacing lost teeth, removing plaque can mean a significant financial investment. Regular flossing helps prevent this by keeping tartar and plaque from forming and spreading deeper in your gum line. 3 Minutes of flossing every morning or night could save you thousands of dollars in dental visits so do not procrastinate your flossing routine before it's too late. 


The effectiveness of flossing can vary from person to person. Setting a regular schedule to floss will most likely keep your teeth and gums healthy and in great shape so please do it. 

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