The Facts on Flossing: Why It’s So Important

We can’t stress enough how critical flossing is to your dental hygiene routine. We know how tempting it is to floss only before your biannual dental checkup, but you may be causing major damage to your oral health in the process. Need more convincing? Consider these five important facts on how flossing can benefit you.

1. Flossing fights tooth decay.

While brushing regularly helps remove food particles and bacteria from the surfaces of your tooth, the only surefire way to get those hard to reach places is by flossing. If bacteria are left on or in between your teeth, it creates acids that slowly wear away at the enamel—causing a cavity. Regular flossing allows you to prevent this damaging process before it starts.

2. Flossing freshens your breath.

Flossing is a critical step in preventing halitosis, or bad breath. Halitosis can by many things, but it is often caused by the food particles and bacteria that are trapped between your teeth. By flossing regularly, you can dislodge these food particles and eliminate the odor-causing bacteria.

3. Flossing helps you reduce the risk of gingivitis and gum disease.

Have you ever forgotten to floss for a while, and had your gums bleed once you got back in the habit? This is a big red flag! This bleeding is caused by inflammation or irritation in the gums, and can be a surefire sign of gingivitis. (Be sure to visit your dentist at Valley Dental Care right away if your gums are bleeding.) Eventually, this gingivitis can turn to gum disease if left untreated. Flossing will help to prevent this serious condition from occurring by eliminating the harmful, damaging bacteria from your gum line.

4. Flossing can protect your overall health.

Periodontal disease (gum disease) can wreak havoc on the body once it enters the bloodstream. It can even cause serious, life-threatening illnesses, such as heart and respiratory disease. It has also been linked to stroke, diabetes, and complications with pregnancy. Because flossing is such a critical defense against gum disease, you’ll find that it also will help to defend you against these other, very serious conditions.

5. Flossing will improve the appearance of your smile.

A solid flossing routine is critical for maintaining the health and appearance of your teeth and gums. For starters, flossing prevents decay and gingivitis, which can leave a yellow tint along your gum line. Plus, by preventing gum disease through flossing, you also prevent the bone deterioration effects of the disease—which gives your jaw a sunken appearance. By flossing regularly, you can ensure that your mouth stays healthy and looks great!

Want to learn more ways to boost your oral health? Consider calling Valley Dental Care to schedule your regular check up. Not only will be perform a professional cleaning and exam, but we’ll also give you a rundown of the best ways to prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, and more. Contact our Aurora and Oswego offices today to schedule your appointment!