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Benefits of Flossing

January 31, 2018

We recommend brushing and flossing twice a day. While many people understand the clear benefits and reasons to brush their teeth, it can be harder to understand why flossing is necessary. Some people find it a hard habit to develop, if they are not already flossing twice a day. Flossing can help prevent gum disease from occurring, help prevent cavities that can happen between your teeth, and help keep your breath fresh. These are just some of the benefits of flossing.

a woman cleaning her teeth

Preventing Gum Disease

When you floss, you are able to pull any buildup of bacteria, plaque, and food out from beneath your gum line. When you only brush and you skip the step to floss, any bacteria can remain between your gums and teeth. An accumulation of this bacterial buildup can irritate your gingival tissue and lead to gum disease. Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease is most often caused by poor oral hygiene. Flossing during your hygiene routine helps to prevent gum disease and keep your gums healthy.

Preventing Cavities Between the Teeth

Cavities can happen on any part of the enamel of your teeth. Cavities are caused by bacterial acid attacking that enamel. Flossing between your teeth helps to remove bacteria or food that can lead to it. Flossing is more effective at removing bacteria between the teeth than most toothbrushes. Without flossing, you leave yourself at risk for cavities forming between your teeth.

Keeping Your Breath Fresh

Bacteria that is left between your teeth or along your gum line can lead to bad breath. In addition to causing damage, bacteria can cause unfriendly odors. You may be vigilant about brushing your teeth, but if you are leaving areas of your teeth and smile with any buildup of bacteria, you are setting yourself up for trouble. Flossing can help ensure that you are removing any odor-causing, cavity-causing, gingivitis-causing bacteria.

Flossing Your Smile Twice a Day Can Keep Your Smile Healthy

Flossing is just as beneficial to your smile as brushing your teeth. Schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.