If you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time using a soft-bristled toothbrush but aren’t in the habit of flossing every day, now is the time to uplevel your oral hygiene routine!
At every routine checkup, our team will strongly recommend you make flossing a priority if you haven’t already. Regular flossing removes plaque and food debris that get trapped between teeth and under your gumline where your toothbrush can’t reach.
Here are some of the benefits of flossing your teeth:
- Cleans Away Plaque
- Can Help Prevent Dental Disease
- Reduces Bad Breath
The oral bacteria in your mouth produce plaque, a sticky biofilm, as they feed on sugars and starches in the food you eat. Plaque sticks to your teeth, between your teeth, and around your gum line. Without flossing, the bacteria in plaque start to wear away at your tooth enamel and irritate your gums. As plaque builds up, it can hard into tartar and increase your risk of developing gum disease.
Plaque is chock full of acid and bacteria, and when it collects on your teeth it starts to wear away on your tooth enamel. Over time, this can lead to cavities. The more plaque on your teeth, the higher your risk for developing cavities. Make flossing a priority and protect your teeth by keeping cavities away.
Bad breath is common, and everyone experiences it sometimes. Often, bad breath is the result of decaying food particles trapped between your teeth. Cavities and gum disease can also contribute to bad breath. Flossing every day can remove those trapped food particles before they have a chance to smell, keeping your breath fresh.
It’s simple to create a good flossing habit – all you need is a couple minutes each day and the right tools, whether that be a water flosser, floss picks, or just regular dental floss.
To ask our Blue Valley Smiles team any questions about flossing or to schedule an appointment, call our office today!