Why should we floss?
Have you ever noticed that after you have something to eat usually at a dinner party or a family brunch, you more than likely always get food stuck between your teeth? This happens because of the way our teeth and gums meet together. When we chew our food, our biting pressure causes little pieces of food to get stuck between our teeth and in our gums causing a build-up of bacteria, which isn’t always visible. No matter how many times, how hard or how long you brush your teeth, it is almost impossible to get this food out. Flossing does about 40% of the work required to remove sticky bacteria, or plaque, from between your teeth. Sugar creates plaque and plaque generates acid, which can cause cavities, irritate the gums, and lead to gum disease. Each tooth has five surfaces. If you don’t floss or use any other method to clean between your teeth, you are leaving at least two of the surfaces unclean. Floss and interproximal brushes are the only things that can get into that space between the teeth and remove bacteria. Here are the benefits of flossing:
Prevents tooth decay
By flossing every night after you brush your teeth and before you go to bed, you’re minimizing the risk of tooth decay. Most tooth decay is found where your teeth meet together due to trapped plaque, food, and bacteria.
Prevents gum disease
Have you ever noticed your gums bleeding when brushing your teeth? Bleeding gums also are known as Gingivitis. Gingivitis is caused by a build-up of plaque and bacteria irritating your gums cause inflammation which causes them to bleed. Flossing will help stop this bleeding by removing all of the build-up and Bactria causing the irritation.
If Gingivitis is left untreated, you can develop a condition called periodontitis which is a form of gum disease that affects the alveolar bone that holds your teeth in place.
Eliminates bad breath
That build-up of bacteria and plaque can cause a bad odour leading to bad breath. By removing all of this debris by flossing, you can eliminate the source of the smell.
Good oral hygiene
Flossing is essential for good oral hygiene as it helps control the build-up of bacteria and as discussed above can help remove plaque, food build-up between the teeth, reduce the risk of gingivitis, gum disease, and reduce the risk of tooth decay.