You’ve probably been told that flossing is important. At the back of your mind, you probably know that flossing is important. However, few people actually understand why flossing is so important. As such, it’s common for even people who diligently brush their teeth every day to see flossing as something of secondary importance, more of an ‘extra’ than a necessity.
However, this just isn’t true. Read on to learn why flossing is so important.
The soft bristles of your toothbrush help remove plaque – this is a sticky film that is laden with bacteria, so it’s a central cause of tooth decay. Unfortunately, your toothbrush cannot penetrate the areas between your teeth. To reach into those gaps, you need to use floss. If you don’t brush away the plaque that develops between your teeth, you’re only really cleaning a portion of each tooth whenever you break out the toothbrush. Over time, that plaque will harden into tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist.
Prevents Gum Disease
Flossing is clearly important if you want to keep your teeth healthy and strong, but it’s arguably even more important if you want to prevent gum disease. Tiny particles of food can get lodged between your teeth. Over time, that food debris, plaque, and tartar can start to penetrate beneath the gum line. This will lead to gingivitis. When left unchecked, tartar and plaque can spread even deeper beneath the gum line, potentially causing periodontitis. Luckily there are several gum treatment procedures that can help cure gum disease. However, prevention is always the best practice.
Prevents Bad Breath
Finally, keep in mind that food debris trapped between the teeth and along the gum line contains bacteria, and that bacteria creates an unpleasant odour. If you’re brushing twice a day but still find yourself experiencing bad breath, picking up the floss each night is probably all you need to do to have your breath tasting and smelling fresh.