Why Should You Really Floss?

Many of us who do not floss regularly, or maybe at all, dread the awkward question the dentist always asks, “Have you been flossing every day?” If we are honest we will respond with a “Umm… not really.” The guilt trip begins and we end up getting a mini lecture of the importance of practicing good dental hygiene and that we should really start flossing regularly. Our busy schedules are often to blame for this and we are lucky if we can brush our teeth both in the morning and evening before bed. To add in the time to floss seems like an unnecessary waste of time. We have enough on our plate, we don’t need to stress about our teeth too. I mean, after all they feel fine right?

Just because your teeth feel fine now, doesn’t mean that there aren’t issues waiting to rear their ugly heads. Tooth sensitivity and pain is more times than not an indicator of a problem that is already there. This results in annoying dental procedures and unnecessary expense and hassle. The key to maintaining good dental health, and your pocket book, is prevention. If you can prevent an issue before it’s even an issue, your life will be greatly simplified! And yes, flossing plays a huge role in prevention.

Why is flossing so important? Recently, there have been articles suggesting that there aren’t any real compelling reasons to floss, however most dentists are still recommending the process and it isn’t just out of habit. Here are a few reasons why you should start or continue flossing.

  1. Technique

Many people stop flossing, because their gums bleed or become sensitive. If you are having this issue, maybe your technique is the issue. Flossing is not meant to be practiced by aggressively sawing away at your gums. Instead wrap the floss around the neck of your teeth and gently alternate sides. This will loosen up the plaque and food that gets caught between your teeth. If you are sawing against your gums and causing bleeding, then it is better that you try a different approach. Additionally, it is recommended that you floss before brushing. Flossing loosens the plaque between your teeth and allows brushing to remove more than if you flossed afterwards or not at all.

  1. Plaque

Plaque and bacteria produce acid. When these two components are exposed to your teeth for a prolonged period of time, the acid to eats away at your enamel. This results in deterioration of the greatest defense against tooth decay (enamel) and makes your teeth susceptible to cavities and tooth death. If you are flossing properly, rubbing away the plaque buildup will significantly decrease the deterioration of your enamel and preserve the integrity of your teeth.

  1. Gums

Plaque does not only affect your teeth, but also your gums. When bacteria sits against your gums, infection and gum disease will run rampant. Then bacteria and plaque will eat away at the tissue surrounding your teeth and cause soft tissue damage or even tooth loss. Different types of gum disease range from simple gum inflammation to gingivitis or even periodontitis, if left untreated. Your gums hold your teeth in place, and if it that is compromised, then your teeth are the next victim.

  1. Inexpensive

This is a simple but effective technique. Dental floss is inexpensive and will enhance your dental hygiene regimen. Why not take a little extra time to treat your mouth better and prevent future problems?

We want you to have your teeth for the entire length of your life and prevention is a major key player in accomplishing this. Take the time to take care for your mouth before it’s too late. You deserve your best health and proper dental hygiene is an important aspect of your overall well-being. If you have any questions about dental hygiene or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us and we would be honored to assist you.


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