Why Flossing Helps Your Teeth So Much

Why Flossing Helps Your Teeth So MuchFlossing isn’t easy; so many people skip that step. Skipping flossing is a bad idea for a number of reasons…you’ve heard from your dentist that flossing is an important part of your oral health and we are not kidding about the benefits.

Ask any dentist and he will tell you, brush and floss after each meal. Ask most people and you’ll find that brushing twice a day is sometimes a stretch! Flossing? Yeah, maybe tomorrow. But really you should floss, at least twice a day. Flossing accomplishes a few things for your oral health and overall health.

First, it helps keep your teeth cleaner. Brushing, even with electric or sonic toothbrushes, can only reach so far in vulnerable areas of your mouth. The bristles can’t get between teeth or below the gum line. Food can get trapped there. When food is left behind, bacteria grows, plaque builds up, hardens and becomes tartar, and that causes gingivitis, or gum disease. When that happens your gums start to retreat away from your teeth. Gums are the support system for your teeth. If they retreat far enough, your teeth can fall out! Then there are cavities that eat away at your teeth themselves. Flossing removes food and plaque between teeth and below the gum line, keeping your gums healthy.

Have you heard about plaque in your arteries or veins? While the plaque in your arteries or veins is different than dental plaque, poor oral care has been shown to lead to heart disease or stroke. Why? One theory is that the bacteria in your mouth can get into the bloodstream through your damaged gums and travel into the arteries. There it damages the arterial lining which then makes it susceptible to build up of arterial plaque.

Flossing also helps keep your breath fresher too! With food stuck and bacteria building up, breath will suffer. So brushing and flossing it away removes the “food” for the bacteria. So floss at least twice day. You can even get portable “flossers” to keep in a pocket, backpack, purse or desk drawer to have them handy. Do it for your whole health!

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