Does Flossing Daily Really Do Anything to Help Oral Health?

by on June 22, 2018
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Flossing Daily Really Do Anything to Help Oral Health

It is difficult for children, tweens, teens and adults to get into the habit of flossing once daily for better oral health. Many people often wonder whether flossing daily really does anything to help prevent tooth decay. Let’s take a look at some information that shows flossing is actually really helpful and should be a part of your daily oral care habits.

  1. Flossing removes trapped food particles. When you eat and chew on food, small particles can get stuck in between your teeth. You may have used a toothpick from time to time to unstick a piece of food. However, toothpicks only work at removing the stuck food, not the bacteria that can cause plaque and lead to tooth decay.
  2. Flossing helps stimulate the gums. The gums need to be stimulated in order to remain healthy and pink looking. If you do not floss, any trapped food particles and plaque can irritate the gums at the base of the teeth. This can lead to an infection in the gum tissue as well as the start of gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease.
  3. Flossing removes plaque you miss when brushing. It is impossible to fully remove all the plaque from in between the teeth with brushing along. For example, if you were to take a series of square blocks and set them side by side to represent your teeth, you would notice you had easy access to the front and back of the blocks, but not in between. This is similar to our teeth and not being able to brush in between them.
  4. Flossing helps keep your teeth cleaner longer in between regular dental cleanings. If you how clean your teeth feel after a visit to our dental office for periodic checkups, you can extend this feeling longer with flossing.
  5. Flossing prevents tooth decay. The bacteria that forms plaque creates and acid that eats away at the enamel outer layer of the teeth. Once the enamel is eroded away, this acid continues to destroy the tooth and eventually leads to a cavity in the tooth. Since flossing removes plaque, it also removes the bacteria that creates tooth decaying acid.

How to Get Into the Habit of Flossing Daily

The easiest way to turn flossing into a regular daily oral care habit is with practice and persistence. Make yourself a promise to stick with flossing for a 30-day period. It takes about a month for new habits to stick and become routine.

Another thing you can do is to get pre-threaded flossers to use in place of regular dental floss string. Most people find using the flossers are not only easier to use, but makes flossing daily a simple.

Hopefully now you can see flossing is indeed beneficial to your oral health. To schedule a dental cleaning and checkup appointment, please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 today!

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