Flossing should be a part of every person’s oral care routine, but many people skimp or skip it altogether. While some studies debate the value of flossing, countless dentists know the value of flossing, and it shows every time you sit in their chair. Why is flossing so important?
Flossing and Brushing Go Hand In Hand
Many people skip flossing because they think that brushing their teeth is enough. Brushing your teeth twice a day and after sugary or sticky foods is a great idea, but brushing and flossing together are a dynamic duo that can’t be beat. Toothbrushes work hard to physically remove plaque from the surfaces of your teeth. Toothpaste helps your toothbrush to work better by reducing the bacteria in your mouth or helping to whiten your teeth. However, toothbrush bristles cannot reach beneath the gum line or in between your teeth.
Floss can reach in between your teeth and dip slightly below the gum line to make sure that your smile is free of plaque and debris. Flossing can also get rid of pesky popcorn kernels stuck in your gums. Flossing before you brush can increase the effect that your brushing has. With less plaque coating your tooth surfaces, the fluoride in your toothpaste can do more work for you.
Flossing Helps to Protect Your Gums
Many people don’t think about gum health when they think of oral health, but research continues to show that gum health is one of the most important indicators of not just oral health but overall health. Tiny particles of food and debris get lodged in the gums throughout the day. After days and weeks of not flossing, plaque builds up. Over time, this plaque hardens to form tartar that can only properly be removed by a dental hygienist. Tartar buildup is much more serious than plaque and can lead to gingivitis, or, gums that are red and swollen. Plaque can spread below the gum line to cause periodontitis and eventual tooth and bone loss.
Flossing Saves You Money
Because flossing can prevent serious plaque buildup which leads to tooth decay and periodontitis, regular flossers spend less at the dentist whenever they stop in. It isn’t just short-term savings either—children who had dental check-ups before 1 year of age had dental care costs around 40% lower than their peers by age 5. Think of all of the savings you can incur by keeping you and your family flossing for years!
Need a Dental Check-Up or Some Flossing Advice?
Whatever your dental needs are, you can trust the dental experts at Park Dental. We have the skills to assess your condition and recommend the proper treatment plan to get you smiling again. We have many in-house dental plans for your family or yourself to make braces and treatments less financially intimidating and get you the care you need. Ready to make an appointment? Visit us online or give us a call at 301-599-0194. To see some of our dentists and get more oral hygiene tips and information, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.