Some patients mistakenly think that if they brush their teeth twice every day for two minutes each time, they can get away with not flossing. As dental professionals, we know far too well how easy it is for people to go days… and then weeks… and then months without flossing. We also know how important flossing is for your dental health and why you should make daily flossing a habit. Here are some of the ways flossing improves your dental health:
- Reduces Your Risk of Gum Disease
- Helps Prevent Cavities
- Helps Eliminate Bad Breath
Remember, proper oral hygiene isn’t just about keeping your teeth clean; it’s also about caring for your gums! One of the major benefits of flossing is that it lessens your chance of developing gum disease. When you floss, you’re removing bad bacteria and food particles that nestle between your teeth and under your gumline before they accumulate into a sticky film of plaque that would end up irritating your gums.
Cavities are little holes and pits on the surface of your teeth that form due to decay. These cavities indicate permanent damage on your teeth and can happen anywhere on your teeth, including on the side. When you use a piece of floss to dislodge bacteria and food particles from the spaces between your teeth, you’re making it less likely that decay and cavities will develop there.
If you have stinky breath, it could be from food or debris stuck between your teeth and under your gumline. Adding flossing to your daily dental routine will help make sure your breath stays as fresh as possible.
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Now that you know why flossing is so important, we encourage you to make an extra effort to floss every day, whether with string floss or a water flosser. Our Hillstream Dental team would be delighted to help you learn proper flossing technique. Ask us for a demonstration at your next appointment. Contact us today to schedule your next dental visit! We look forward to seeing you soon.Contact Us