We all know that brushing our teeth at least twice a day is crucial for good oral hygiene and overall health but a reasons to floss every day is another story. But many of us forget about flossing, even though it is just as important as brushing. The staff at North Pointe Dental Associates often hears from their patients that they forget to floss. Whether you’re too tired and don’t want to bother, or you don’t think flossing is important, here are five reasons you should floss at least once a day.
Flossing helps prevent gum disease
Flossing removes most of the plaque toothbrushes are unable to reach and it helps prevent periodontal disease. Remember, plaque starts hardening only hours after you have finished eating. Plaque starts to set and harden after 48 hours, so try to avoid skipping even a couple of days without flossing.
Flossing regularly can prevent your gums from bleeding
Even though it might sound counterintuitive initially, flossing can make your gums stop bleeding. If you’ve avoided flossing because you see blood on the floss string, don’t worry. If you haven’t flossed in a while, your gums may bleed slightly at first. Flossing prevents bacteria buildup along the gum line that can cause infections. As a result, your body will stop sending excess blood cells to fight the disease, and your gums will stop bleeding.
Flossing does not have to be complicated
Even if you have braces, flossing your teeth does not have to be complicated. There are different workarounds, such as water flossers, air flossers, and floss threaders. These tools can help you pass dental floss around fixed bridgework and behind orthodontic wires.
Flossing can help prevent cavities
Cavities are not caused by sugar alone. Cavities can develop not only on one tooth but in the crevices between the teeth. This is particularly dangerous because this type of cavity can go undetected if you do not visit your dentist on a regular basis, leading to unnecessary pain and discomfort.
Flossing is essential if you are trying to get or are already pregnant
Being a good mom begins long before the baby is born. Taking care of your gums is important because gum disease increases the risk of prematurity and low birth weight. Another reason to floss regularly is the fact that the body during pregnancy might not fight off plaque as easily, which can increase the chances of cavities and gingivitis.
Schedule your appointment today
Brushing and flossing are equal partners when it comes to oral hygiene and cornerstones of your overall health. But even if you brush and floss your teeth regularly and do not feel any pain or discomfort, you should visit your dentist every six months. Call NPDA at (813) 961-1727 to schedule your checkup or teeth whitening with Tampa’s leading dentists.