Most of us have heard since we were children that you need to floss every day, but many people still don’t prioritize this as a habit. The CDC reports that on average $45 billion in U.S. productivity is lost each year due to untreated dental disease. Many of these instances of disease could be avoided with proper dental care and flossing. Let’s look at the key reasons why you should be flossing regularly.
There is plaque built up on your teeth in places that your toothbrush just can’t reach. This colorless sticky film collects in between teeth as well as on teeth. If plaque is allowed to linger within the mouth for long periods of time, it will eventually turn into tartar. Tartar is a hard yellowish substance that can only be removed through professional cleaning and scraping. Flossing is the most effective way to remove plaque from your mouth on a day-to-day basis.
A cavity is a small area of tooth decay that will cause an opening in the tooth. This can expose the nerves of the tooth and is sometimes painful. When plaque is allowed to stay on the teeth and isn’t removed through flossing, you have a much higher chance of developing a cavity. When you floss every day, you remove plaque and lower the risk of tooth decay. Less tooth decay means less dental work. This saves you time, money, and stress.
Prevent Gum Disease
Most people don’t realize that flossing plays a huge role in the prevention of gum disease. Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, usually starts because food particles and bacteria have been left in the mouth between the teeth. Regular brushing will not remove debris from between the teeth in the same way that flossing will. If you develop gingivitis and it goes untreated, it can lead to gum disease. Gum disease is called periodontitis and is a serious condition that can leave you with permanent damage to your gums. It can even cause problems in other areas of your body if it triggers an inflammation response. If you brush twice a day and floss regularly, your chances of developing these problems are greatly reduced.
If you’re looking for quality dental care, please contact Mountain View Dentistry today. We will be happy to help you on your dental health journey.