Dental health is essential to an individual’s overall health. If you have ever suffered from a toothache, you agree with me when I say that when a tooth aches, every other part of the body aches. One of the most important teeth hygiene and care activities is regular brushing. Most people think that brushing is all they have to do to keep their teeth healthy. However, a regular toothbrush cannot remove all food particles trapped between teeth. Once you brush your teeth, you need to floss them to get rid of all food parties and other debris that may have been left between the teeth after brushing. Thus read this article to find out a few reasons why flossing is important.
Why Flossing Is Important
Flossing helps in removing plaque, thereby keeping your teeth healthy. Oral hygiene is not about cleaning the surface of the teeth only. It also involves cleaning the spaces between one tooth and another. Food particles and other debris get trapped in between these tight spaces and a regular tooth brush cannot remove them. Flossing is the only way to dislodge these food particles and expel them from the mouth before bacteria accumulates and causes more problems. You can floss your teeth using a thread or a stream of water. Water flossing is more effective than string flossing. When you floss your teeth, you keep tooth cavities away. You also enhance the overall health and beauty of your teeth.
Flossing reduces cases of teeth loss
When food particles and debris between teeth are not removed, they form plaque which forms tartar. While plaque is a film of bacteria which is invisible to the naked eye, tartar is a clearly visible film of minerals that accumulate just above your gum line. It is normally yellow or brown in color. You cannot remove tartar by regular brushing. At this level, you need to seek the help of a dentist to have the tartar removed. If you still do not get tartar removed from your teeth, and you don’t floss regularly, more plaque is formed and more tartar is deposited just below your gums. One thing will lead to the other and you are likely to have the tooth extracted to prevent more problems. This is a problem that you can nip in the bud by flossing your teeth daily.
Flossing prevents gum diseases
Flossing also enhances gum health. When bacteria accumulates and forms plaque which later forms tartar, an environment that is conducive to bacteria habitation and multiplication is created below in the gums. This puts the gums at the risk of gum diseases such as gingivitis. When gingivitis is not treated, it leads to periodontics. It is very easy to move from the frying pan into the fire if periodontics is not treated because it leads to damage of the teeth. After some time, you may also have problems with the entire jaw. Indeed, gum diseases can cause problems to other parts of the body if it is not treated early. It is actually a risk factor for heart diseases.
Flossing prevents bad breath
Whenever food particles trapped between your teeth are not removed, the start decaying. As they decay, they produce acids which produce bad breath. For you to have a fresh breath, you need to keep your teeth as clean as a new pin. Brushing only cleans the surface of the teeth. You need to go the extra mile and floss the teeth to ensure that no dirt is trapped in the little spaces between the teeth. Indeed, flossing is very important to your teeth, yet it is very cheap. Indeed, you may not even spend a shilling to floss your teeth.