Sometimes when you visit the dentist they will ask if you floss, It’s always best to tell the truth and if you don’t know how to floss or you want advice on techniques or the best tools to use, don’t be afraid, ask your dentist. There’s no point in saying “yes, I floss,” as your dentist or hygienist can always tell if you are brushing and flossing regularly.
If you aren’t currently flossing, here are some reasons why you should and for those of you who floss regularly, here are some tips on why you should continue and how to floss correctly.
Brush and floss together
The soft bristles on your toothbrush work to remove the sticky plaque, which can cause cavities, from your teeth. Flossing after brushing will help dig out any food particles stuck in the spaces between the teeth, that the bristles on your brush struggle to access. Getting into a daily routine with brushing and flossing will ensure that you maintain healthy gums and teeth.
Flossing protects your gums
Your teeth are protected and covered by the soft tissue of your gums. Flossing helps to protect your gums because food particles often get caught between your teeth, where it is often missed when brushing. Plaque can build up and harden to form tartar, which sticks to your teeth like cement. Only a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar from teeth. If untreated, tartar and plaque will spread bacteria below the gum line, causing periodontitis, an acute form of gum disease.
Daily flossing will save you money
Getting into a daily dental care routine will save you both time and money in the long term, so don’t skip brushing and flossing and always attend those dental appointments. Failing to do this may prove more expensive if you are forced to visit the dentist because you have toothache or gum disease, leading to eventual tooth replacement. Check to see if our dentist has a health care plan, as you might be able to pay on a monthly plan.
Flossing helps prevent disease
Bacteria created in the mouth can spread to other parts of the body, which may lead to heart and lung disease and diabetes, among other illnesses. Flossing daily will help keep the bacteria at bay, leading to a healthier mouth and body.
Helps to prevent bad breath
Flossing and brushing regularly will keep your breath sweet and your teeth healthy.
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