Most people are familiar with the importance of brushing their teeth twice a day and attending biannual check-ups with their local dental clinic to help keep their teeth free from decay.
But there is a lot more to dental hygiene than simply brushing your teeth twice a day and visiting your dentist West Bridgford twice a year. One of the most important things you can do to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy is flossing. Even if this is done with a Waterpik or an interdental brush, it is an important part of any dental hygiene routine and can prevent a lot of issues in the long run.
This article looks at some of the advantages of flossing and why you should talk to your dental team about it if you do not currently do it. They can advise you on the best ways to floss so that you do not injure your gums.
Plaque in the mouth is hardened bacteria, which is caused by food debris, usually from softer carbohydrates like potatoes and pasta. If plaque is left without being removed, it can cause a wide range of issues to your teeth and gums. Flossing removes plaque from the harder-to-reach areas between your teeth that your toothbrush may not be able to reach and reduces the incidence of these issues occurring in between your teeth where they are harder to treat.
Plaque is a major part of tooth decay, but by flossing your teeth regularly, you can ensure that your teeth do not fall victim to dental decay.
Although the process of decay forming takes more time, if you have a higher amount of plaque on your teeth, the risk of developing a cavity and decay is higher. Even by flossing your teeth once a day, you can remove those hidden food particles that can otherwise lead to decay, so be sure to floss as often as you can.
Helps to stop gum disease
Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease, which can cause your teeth to fall out completely if left untreated. Flossing can remove bacteria from harder-to-reach areas, where periodontal issues are more likely to form. As part of your dental regime, you should also visit a hygienist at least twice a year to ensure that deeper cleanings are undertaken to remove plaque that is harder to remove even with flossing.
Reduces bad breath
There are many causes of poor breath or halitosis, with one of the most common being the prevalence of bacteria in your mouth. Even hidden bacteria can cause foul odours, and a key way of preventing bad breath is to floss your teeth twice a day.
Helps with cardiovascular health
Research into cardiovascular health and plaque levels in the mouth has found a link. It seems that the more plaque there is in your mouth, the higher the chances are of you developing issues with your heart. By removing plaque from your mouth, you can prevent secondary complications, which could otherwise shorten your life, making it a worthwhile thing to do.