Dental flossing recommendations have not changed much over the years. Dentists and dental hygienists are still recommending that people floss at least once a day. Individuals can benefit greatly from making flossing a daily habit. Below are some of the reasons daily flossing is essential:
A cavity can develop when the surface of the tooth has plaque. Plaque is a deposit that has a color close to the color of the tooth. It consists mostly of bacteria and the toxins the bacteria produces that can trigger gum disease, plus acids that cause tooth decay. Brushing is effective for preventing plaque buildup on the surfaces of the teeth that are exposed and accessible to the brush. However, a brush does not get between teeth. So flossing on a daily basis is essential to clean those surfaces of the tooth as well. These are also the surfaces of the tooth that most often get cavities, so flossing is at least as important as brushing.
Flossing Protects Gums
Food and other particles can very easily get stuck in the areas where teeth and gums meet. If not removed, then plaque will form that may eventually turn to tartar. Plague can be removed with flossing and brushing, but tartar is hard and has to be removed by a professional. Tartar buildup can also lead to gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
Gingivitis will turn into periodontitis if it is not treated. Periodontitis is a severe form of gum disease. It destroys the bone supporting the tooth and leads to tooth loss. Flossing helps prevent tartar buildup and gum disease the same way a toothbrush does by removing food and plaque the brush doesn’t reach.
Flossing will not only protect the gums and teeth, but it can also help save money. Poor dental care often warrants the need for dental fillings, gum disease treatments, crowns, extractions and dental implants, all of which can be expensive. If dental flossing recommendations are followed, an individual will be less likely to need costly dental treatments later down the road.
Flossing Protects Health
Most people know that flossing will help protect their gums and teeth. However, some are not aware of the fact that daily flossing is an essential part of maintaining their health. Recent studies have shown that poor oral care may make one more susceptible to heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
Daily flossing will help reduce the chances of developing stroke and heart attack, protecting a person’s health. Furthermore, like any preventive maintenance, daily flossing will help save money.
For more helpful dental hygiene practices, feel free to contact Dr. Ted Morgan from Morgan Dental Care in Gorham, Maine. His Southern Maine dental office can help answer any questions you may have about your teeth. Call us today!