Is flossing your teeth really that important? Think about it, you’ve come home after a long day; you’re tired and just want to relax. You’ve already brushed your teeth, so why bother to go that extra step and floss? Do you want the honest answer? Your teeth are not completely clean! Brushing only cleans the front of your teeth, but food and bacteria get stuck in between your teeth which is why it is so important to floss.
Flossing protects your gums! The bits of bacteria and food that are lodged between teeth, and at the tooth and gum line, will cause plaque to build up and harden and ultimately cause tarter which can lead to gingivitis (the first stage of gum disease).
If you don’t floss, you risk your bodily health as well as your oral health. Flossing is not just to keep your smile pretty. Research has shown that flossing will lead to less harmful bacteria in your body which can prevent the chances of heart disease. Statistics say that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the US, so by preventing periodontal disease (disease of the teeth, gums, and mouth) you’re improving your oral health and overall health!
If the reasons above have not swayed your decision then think about this: flossing after you brush can also save you money. The economy is not at its peak right now, and every penny counts. Children who go to the dentist before their first birthday are more likely to get a better education about brushing and flossing which will lead to significantly lower check-up bills down the road.
It only takes a couple of minutes, and you’re already in the bathroom brushing your teeth so you might as well add it to your routine. And here at Advanced Dentistry we encourage our patients to have the best oral health they can possibly have. If you have any questions regarding flossing and/or the proper technique, contact Aesthetic Dentistry at (215) 643-0666