You have probably been told countless times that flossing once every day is good for your health. However, if you’re like nearly 70% of the American population, you probably don’t floss every day (or at all). Flossing every day helps improve your oral health in a way that simple tooth-brushing cannot.
Not convinced you should floss every day? Here are 5 benefits that you will experience when you floss every day!
It Removes Plaque That a Toothbrush Can’t Reach – While your toothbrush does indeed work hard to eliminate the plaque in your mouth, it can only go so far. Floss, however, can reach in between your teeth and down into your gum lines to help eliminate plaque, which could otherwise cause between-the-teeth cavities and gingivitis. By flossing, you won’t give plaque much of a chance to turn into tartar, the gunk that can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
It Stimulates Your Gums – When you floss, you stimulate your gums. This encourages healthy circulation and promotes healing within your entire body! You’ll also notice that when you floss every day your gums will bleed less and become less sensitive.
It Helps Reduce Gum Inflammation – Bacteria left unchecked in your mouth can cause inflammation in your gums, which is known as gingivitis. Researchers have linked inflamed gums with not only gingivitis and periodontal disease but also with other chronic disease including diabetes, dementia, heart disease, and stroke. Flossing can help cut down on gum disease, which can help lower your risk for these chronic diseases!
It Helps Keep Your Breath Fresh – Flossing helps remove food particles trapped between your teeth, giving you fresher breath. Here’s a pro-tip: if you can’t take your toothbrush with you wherever you’re going, bring some floss! It’s easy to carry around with you and does the job in no time.
It Can Help Cut Your Cost on Dental Care – While you still need to visit the dentist twice a year for healthy teeth and gums, flossing can help cut down the number of times you need to come into the office for pricey procedure. We think that’s a pretty sweet trade-off!
Of course, flossing isn’t enough. You still need to brush your teeth twice a day! As for when to floss, it doesn’t matter if you do it before or after you brush your teeth. As long as you’re flossing, we’re happy!
Want to keep your teeth healthy and bright? Request an appointment with us by calling Foley Dental Group at (618) 288-9670 or visit us online at www.foleydentalgroup.com.