Oral health is an important component of our overall health. When we have issues with our teeth or gums that are caused by neglecting care for them, it can lead to severe pain and can make proper functions such as chewing hard to do. When we make our way to the dentist, itâ€™s not uncommon to be asked whether or not we floss our teeth on the daily. Unfortunately, itâ€™s not that often that the response turns out to be â€œyes!â€ However, there are huge benefits of flossing your teeth on a daily basis, even if you follow the widely accepted rule of brushing teeth twice a day. So, how do we get our pearly whites to be healthy, strong and fully functioning? Keep on reading to find out some of the many benefits flossing every day can bring for your oral health.
1. Flossing in conjunction with brushing can do wonders to remove plaque.
Floss is like a miracle worker that can get right in between the hard to reach spaces between the teeth. The great thing about flossing is that while brushing your teeth can remove unwanted plaque, floss can get between and under the gum where plaque can build up and affect oral health. With the removal of the plaque between hard to reach areas of the mouth with floss prior to brushing, it actually makes more room for toothpaste to ease into these spaces and be much more effective.
2. Flossing protects the gums and prevents severe issues in the future.
When flossing, itâ€™s important to be fully aware of the positive impacts it can have not only on teeth, but also preventing gum related issues that can cause extreme discomfort and pain when no preventative measures are put into place. For example, if a build-up of food particles occurs between and around the teeth, it can lead to issues such as gingivitis which is the swelling of gums whilst appearing red in colour. As this is the first phase of gum disease, if not treated properly, it can lead to profoundly negative effects such a periodontitis, which is a much more severe phase of gum disease with symptoms of severely inflamed gums and even teeth loss.
3. Fresher breath that lasts for longer is possible when you floss every day.
Having fresh breath is one of the most important things, especially during social interaction. As discussed, flossing removes the excess build-up of plaque and food particles that cause bacteria to grow between these hard to get to regions between the teeth and gums. If such build-up stays put within the mouth, the bacteria can cause bad breath which can be uncomfortable for the individual and whoever they interact with. Flossing is therefore an effective and cost effective way to prevent bad breath when brushing and mouthwash is also mixed into your daily routine. Complete oral hygiene is essential to keep your breath fresh, keep your teeth at a healthy white colour and protect your gums from gum disease which can then affect other areas of your mouth and body.
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