It is a well known fact that brushing your teeth is extremely important. If no one brushed their teeth, the teeth would soon rot and everyone would be standing in line at the dentist's office waiting to get dentures. But, have you ever thought about why flossing is also encouraged by your dentist? Many may not be aware of just how important flossing is as well. These are the benefits of flossing and how it can keep your smile bright and healthy.
Preventing Bad Breath
One of the main causes of bad breath is tiny food particles that are trapped in between the teeth. These food particles begin to rot inside the mouth when they are not removed by brushing alone. Rotting food inside the mouth results in disgusting, foul-smelling breath.
Fortunately, by flossing every day, these food particles are removed. Dental floss can get into those tiny cracks and crevices between the teeth that a tooth brush may not reach. Removing those rotting food particles will leave you with much fresher, cleaner breath breath.
Plaque buildup on the teeth is caused by bacteria that grows in between the teeth. Over time, this plaque can cause cavities to develop which can result in toothaches, sensitivity to hot or cold foods and even the loss of teeth. The only way to get rid of cavities is by having them drilled out by a dentist or having the decayed teeth pulled.
Flossing regularly can remove the plaque and prevent it from developing into cavities. If you floss your teeth every night before going to bed, you can easily remove all the plaque buildup from that day and keep your teeth in much healthier condition.
Plaque buildup does not only cause tooth decay. If not removed by flossing, plaque develops into tartar which is very harmful to the gums. Tartar is a hardened substance that develops on the teeth that is full of bacteria. This bacteria causes red, swollen gums-- a condition known as gingivitis.
Gingivitis is the first sign that you may be starting to develop a serious periodontal disease. The gums may bleed and become very sore and tender.
Brushing alone simply is not enough to ensure that your teeth and gums are strong and healthy. Taking a few extra minutes each day to also floss your teeth is the best way to give you a beautiful smile you will want to share with the world. For more simple ways to protect you teeth, talk to a dentist like Scott A. Wright, DDS.