Why is Flossing important for Oral Health?
Despite the fact that flossing is incredibly important to your oral and overall health, experts estimate that 50 percent of Americans don’t floss every day – and 10 percent never floss at all! But flossing at least once a day decreases your risk for a host of problems. Read on to learn more about why flossing is such an important part of your oral hygiene routine.
Flossing Removes Plaque That Your Toothbrush Can’t Reach
Flossing removes the plaque and bacteria that builds up in the tiny spaces between your teeth. Excessive plaque buildup leads to tooth decay and gum disease, and can even cause your teeth to fall out.
Flossing Will Prevent Bleeding Gums
Many non-flossers report that the reason they don’t floss is because it causes their gums to bleed. The fact is that if your gums are bleeding, you already have unhealthy gums. The act of flossing will not only repair your gums before the problem gets worse, but will make them healthier so that flossing becomes easier and less painful over time.
Flossing Makes Your Breath Fresher
If you find that your mouth doesn’t feel clean even after brushing, the bacteria between your teeth could be the culprit. Many people find that when they begin a regular flossing routine, their mouths feel cleaner and their breath fresher than with brushing alone.
Flossing Prevents Periodontitis
If left unchecked, the swollen gums and bleeding of gum disease can lead to an even more serious issue. Periodontitis is a severe infection of the gums that causes painful inflammation and, eventually bone loss – which causes your teeth to fall out. Keep your smile intact by flossing once a day as recommended by the American Dental Association.