Wonder why your dentist is always asking, “Have you been flossing regularly?” Flossing is actually more important than you’d think. Missing this vital piece of your daily oral care routine can have major repercussions on your health! Consider these top five reasons why you should floss more often than just right before your twice-annual dentist appointment:
- Reduce the risk of gingivitis and gum disease. You may notice that if you don’t floss regularly, your gums are more likely to bleed when you get back into the habit. However, healthy gums are not supposed to bleed! This is a sign that bacteria are inflaming and irritating your gums, a symptom of gingivitis. Flossing significantly helps to remove bacteria from the gum line that leads to gingivitis and, later, gum disease. Unfortunately, periodontitis (or gum disease) is found in around 34% of Americans over the age of 30, and even causes tooth loss in 13% of adults. Most don’t notice the signs of gum disease until it has advanced, so be sure to floss in order to prevent this “silent disease” from occurring.
- Protect your overall health. When periodontal disease (gum disease) enters the bloodstream, it can travel to other parts of your body and cause serious and even life-threatening illness. Gum disease can be linked to heart and respiratory diseases, diabetes, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, and problems with pregnancy. Flossing regularly is an easy way to help you maintain your gum health and avoid the risk of these serious conditions.
- Prevent cavities. Flossing regularly also prevents cavities from forming between your teeth. When bacteria are left on your teeth, it creates acids that slowly wear away at your enamel, forming a cavity. You don’t floss for a few days, this bacteria has ample time to create this acid and begin the damaging process. By flossing regularly, you will stop bacteria in its tracks, and save yourself from having to deal with painful cavities.
- Maintain your youth. Healthy gums mean a healthy smile! Flossing prevents the deterioration of your gums and teeth. Gum disease in particular can attack the bones that support the lower third of your face, creating a sunken appearance. Preserving this bone and the health of your gums can keep you looking younger for longer!
- Get fresher breath. Good oral hygiene is essential in preventing bad breath. So you won’t be surprised to find that flossing is a critical step in this process. Halitosis, or bad breath, is often caused by bacteria and food particles trapped between the teeth. Flossing daily helps you to dislodge these particles, allowing you to rinse it away.
Ready to start flossing regularly? You might consider stopping by Countryside Dental Group so you can get a fresh start on your oral health. In addition to cleaning your teeth and removing that stubborn plaque buildup, we also offer periodontal services to help ensure that you have healthy gums. To schedule your appointment, contact our offices today!