In addition to twice a day brushing, flossing is very beneficial in your daily oral care routine. Many of us either forget to floss or find it less important in keeping our teeth healthy and clean, but flossing reaches areas in between your teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. While brushing cleans the surface of our teeth, flossing gets in the gaps between them for a deeper clean.
The importance of flossing can be seen by how often our dentists ask us if we floss. Dentists are very aware of the many benefits that come with flossing, and encourage patients to do so to avoid cavities and tooth decay.
Benefits of Flossing
As we said, while brushing your teeth keeps them clean and can also promote healthy gums, brushing really only cleans the surface of your teeth. While this protects your teeth from cavities, a toothbrush doesn’t attack the gaps between your teeth, which makes those gaps a place for bacteria and plaque to reside. Flossing removes plaque that otherwise stays in your mouth.
Flossing not only reaches areas of our teeth that a toothbrush doesn’t, it also promotes the health of our gums. Those of us who suffer from bleeding and sensitive gums often avoid flossing, as we believe it’ll make our gums worse. However, flossing improves the health of our gums and regular flossing can reduce bleeding. Studies show that people with bleeding gums who add flossing to their daily routine experience better gum health and less bleeding. Like the food that gets trapped between your teeth causes cavities, trapped food also leads to bacteria in your mouth. This bacteria is harmful to your gums and can promote gum disease. So, in order to keep both your gums and teeth bacteria free, make sure to floss daily and rid your mouth of harmful bacteria.
A more obvious benefit of flossing is it enhances the appearance of your teeth—and your breath too! Flossing removes food from your teeth that may cause your smile to appear less clean or white. Removing the bacteria between your teeth with flossing also gives you better breath—it’s a win-win!
We Can Help
Here at Johnson Dental, we want to help you achieve a healthy mouth. In addition to your daily brushing and flossing, professional teeth cleanings are essential for clean teeth and overall oral health. We can also provide floss for those of you with braces and permanent retainers that make flossing a bigger hassle. Contact us today to schedule a cleaning and we’ll give you some floss while you’re at it.