Did you know that only about half of Americans floss their teeth daily? And that 18.5% of Americans say they do not floss at all. While we understand that flossing may not be the most enjoyable experience, it is an essential part of your oral hygiene routine.
Although brushing can remove a good amount of plaque and bacteria from your teeth, you’re only getting half of the job done if you neglect to floss as well. Many people that end up needing dental restorations like dental implants are individuals who developed tooth decay by allowing bacteria to build up between teeth. Floss gets rid of bacteria and plaque in hard-to-reach areas, which will end up revamping the look and health of your smile.
Dr. Richard A. Assing explains how to properly floss and why it’s so important for his patients here in Brandon, FL.
Do you dread flossing your teeth each day? If you do, you’re not alone. Many people skip out on their daily flossing because they find it annoying, painful, or time consuming. In fact, a study from the American Academy of Periodontology revealed some interesting statistics. The study found that more than a quarter of adults in the United States were dishonest with their dentist about how often they floss.
Researchers also found that more than a third would rather do an unpleasant activity over flossing daily. These unpleasant activities included washing a sinkful of dirty dishes, sitting in gridlock traffic and cleaning the toilet. We can definitely understand why some people dislike flossing each day, but it’s no excuse not to do it. Flossing is an essential component of oral care that can’t be compensated with additional brushing.
Flossing should be done daily to remove plaque and bacteria hiding away between teeth and underneath the gum line. Here are the top reasons you should make flossing a priority:
Prevents Cavities: If plaque and bacteria aren’t removed from your teeth regularly, it will begin to eat away at your teeth. After it eats away at your enamel, the outer hard shell of your teeth, it will quickly reach the pulp of your teeth, which contains the nerves and blood vessels. As a result, many individuals will end up with a toothache or tooth sensitivity.
Prevents Gum Disease: After plaque isn’t removed for an extended amount of time, tartar will build. Tartar is a brownish substance that can accumulate on teeth and requires a professional to help scrape it off of the teeth. Once tartar builds up where the teeth and gums meet, your gums will swell and you will experience gingivitis.
Gingivitis is the first state of gum disease and can easily be reversed when you catch it early on. Once you develop a full-fledged gum disease you can begin to experience jawbone loss, shifting teeth, and tooth loss.
Improves Bad Breath: Hidden food particles can get trapped between your teeth and as they begin to decompose, a bad odor will result. This is one of the main causes of bad breath. If you’re experiencing bad breath often, consider flossing more. You can solve the problem at the root cause by removing the particles instead of masking the odor with mints and gum.
Make Teeth Look Whiter: You may not realize it but excess bacteria and plaque in between your teeth can make your teeth look dull. Brighten up your smile by removing all of the plaque that has been hiding away in between your teeth.
Save Money: In the long run, taking time out of your day to floss is more convenient than having to go through treatment to restore your oral health. Not only is treatment inconvenient, it can also get pretty expensive. Save you smile and your wallet by taking the time to floss everyday.
Now that you know the benefits of flossing, let’s explore how to properly floss. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to floss with the correct technique.
Are you suffering from tooth loss and are in the Brandon, FL area? The Brandon Complete Dental Care team has transformed the smiles of many patients with the help of dental implants. You can achieve an aesthetically appealing smile that will last for years to come. You can begin your dental implant journey by calling us to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Assing.
Dr. Richard Assing
719 W Robertson St.
Brandon, FL 33511
Monday: 8AM – 6PM
Tuesday: 8AM – 6PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 6PM
Thursday: 8AM – 6PM
Friday: 8AM – 12PM