Your oral care is incomplete without flossing at least once a day. The narrow floss thread effectively reaches the areas where a toothbrush is unable to reach. It cleans the food residue, bacteria, and other germs to give your mouth a fresh and healthy feeling.
For healthy teeth and gums, it is vital that you floss your teeth regularly. Some of the benefits of flossing are as follows:
Prevents Plaque Build-up
Plaque build-up is a common occurrence. It is a thin film of acid-producing bacteria that forms on the gum line. If this plaque is not removed properly through brushing and flossing, it can turn hard and become tartar and cause tooth decay. Flossing once a day helps to remove this plaque build-up because only the narrow floss thread can pass through the thin and delicate gum line and clean it thoroughly.
The bacteria attack and accumulate on the food that is still stuck to our teeth. The accumulation of this bacteria and food remains in the mouth and causes bad breath. Brushing and flossing help remove and wash away food remains and bacteria, leaving the mouth feeling fresh. While brushing is a general method of oral care, flossing is a deep cleaning method.
Cleans Hard-to-Reach Areas
Your toothbrush can only clean the surface of your teeth. At times, when we use toothbrushes that are too big or broad for the mouth, it becomes difficult to clean the deep ends of the mouth. The food debris that sticks to the molars and incisors causes plaque formation and cavities. Moreover, brushing is not a 100 percent effective method for cleaning in between the teeth. The thin floss thread passes right through the narrow gaps in the teeth and removes food debris and plaque before it turns into tartar.
Prevents Gum Diseases
Regular flossing can prevent gum diseases like periodontitis and gingivitis. When food is not properly cleaned and removed from the teeth and gums, harmful bacteria attack the site and cause infections. These infections can cause your gums to become inflamed, bleed, or recede. Receding gums expose the roots of your teeth to decay and damage. In severe cases, your tooth can become loose and fall off. Regular flossing can keep these harmful bacteria at bay.
At Life Long Dental, Dr. Kasey Gillespie, DDS or Dr. Gillespie will check your mouth for signs of plaque and tartar buildup and will treat it accordingly.
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