Flossing is one of those things that a lot of people know they should do, but don’t always make time for. Here are 7 reasons you should make flossing a daily habit:
1) Flossing helps remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums
You maybe brushing everyday but do you floss everyday? Brushing alone cannot reach those gaps in-between teeth that floss can. This is a perfect hiding place for plaque and bacteria. If left, poor oral hygiene can lead to physical and mental health concerns.
2) Flossing can help prevent gum disease
The plaque and bacteria hiding in those gaps is what will lead to gum disease. It's the bacteria stuck around the gum line that can lead to inflammation, bleeding gums, and gum disease if not properly removed and cleaned.
3) Flossing reduces the risk of cavities
That fuzzy white stuff that appears and sticks to your teeth is formed from bacteria feeding off sugar and starchy food. This plaque releases acids that attack your enamel and cause cavities. Removing plaque is important to prevent cavities, and brushing alone won't reach the bits in between teeth.
4) Flossing can reduce the chance of developing sensitive teeth
The top part of your tooth closest to the gum line has the thinnest part of enamel. So, if plaque is left here to cause tooth decay, this could be the cause of tooth sensitivity. When the enamel is weakened, and the dentine is exposed nerve is more susceptible to sensitivity.
5) Flossing will help prevent bad breath
The plaque and bacteria in your mouth is what contributes to bad breath. Removing the plaque and bacteria and keeping in-between your teeth fresh and clean will help prevent bad breath.
6) Flossing can improve your overall health
Studies have shown links between gum disease and other health conditions such as heart disease, respiratory disease, rheumatoid arthritis and problems controlling blood sugar in diabetes. The bacteria left in-between your teeth can easily enter your blood stream through your gums, particularly if left to cause inflammation and gum disease. There has also been a study to show that people with a high standard of oral hygiene have a reduced the risk of heart failure.
7) Flossing is easy and quick!
Ok so at first it may take a little practice, but once you get used to it, it's easy and quick! It can also be hugely satisfying, if you're the type of person that finds picking or tweezer-ing things grossly satisfying.
Types of Floss
There are different ways to floss and it is important to find what works for you. String floss, interdental brushes, floss sticks, or water floss. We recommend trying all options, and even using a combination to make sure you maintain your oral health.