Did you know that only about half of Americans floss their teeth daily? Even more, 18.5% of Americans say they do not floss at all.
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 forget to floss as well. Many people that end up needing dental restorations like dental implants are individuals that allowed tooth decay to occur by allowing bacteria to build up between teeth.
Floss gets rid of bacteria and plaque that are in hard to reach areas, which will end up benefitting the look and health of your smile. Dr. Fred Puccio explains how to properly floss and why flossing is so important.
Top 5 Reasons to Floss
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 stage 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 every day.
Techniques To Properly Floss
Steps to properly floss include:
- Use about 18 inches of floss and wrap each end around your index fingers to hold the string taut
- Gently slide the floss between each tooth. Make sure you use a clean section of floss for each tooth
- Use a zigzag motion when cleaning between teeth and gently curve the floss so you can remove plaque from beneath the gum line
- Gently guide the floss back up and continue on to the next tooth!
Contact Midland Family Dental Care of Wyckoff
We encourage all of our patients to floss daily. Doing so will remove bacteria and decrease your chances of developing tooth decay or gum disease. If you have any concerns regarding your oral health, don’t hesitate to contact our office. We offer a variety of dental services to best help your specific case. Get started on your path to a healthy smile by scheduling your next appointment with Dr. Puccio.