How many times have you been to the dentist and are asked if you are flossing? Some people say they have been, even though it is not something they do other than just before their dental appointment. What you may not know is your dentist and hygienist can tell when you haven’t been flossing.
Granted, the task can seem like a chore when you have to do it every night before bed. You just want to go sleep instead of spending the few minutes it takes to floss. Yet, you can floss earlier long before bedtime. Some people brush and floss their teeth after eating dinner.
By brushing and flossing at this time, it helps them not snack and drink anything but water before bed. Not only can you take care of flossing but also use it as a way to help curb those late-night cravings and stick to your New Year’s diet goals.
What Is the Benefit of Flossing?
The trapped food particles in between the teeth act as an irritant in the mouth. As they break down the form tooth-decay causing plaque. When you floss, you are stimulating the gum tissue’s natural inflammation response to remove the unwanted food particles and plaque.
It is not uncommon to have some minor bleeding when you first start flossing. However, this will subside once you get into a regular flossing routine. Your gums will also be healthier and less prone to gum disease.
Other benefits of flossing include:
1. It helps remove plaque and bacteria from in between the teeth. Your teeth have five sides that need to be cleaned – the top, front, back, and both sides. Flossing helps clean the sides and prevent the plaque from hardening and irritating the gum tissue.
2. Your overall health is improved by flossing. Several types of diseases can be linked to oral health, such as heart disease, gum disease, and jaw bone density loss.
3. You help prevent gum disease. Gum disease is where the gums are irritated from plaque and tartar. In response, they gradually recede and pull away from the teeth. Advanced periodontitis results in tooth loss.
4. Your mouth feels cleaner. Flossing removes trapped food particles so your teeth are cleaner. Plus, it can lead to whiter teeth and fresher breath.
5. It only takes a few minutes to floss. Most people are surprised once they get into the regular habit of flossing that it doesn’t take that long. They are equally surprised by all of the “stuff” that they find trapped in between their teeth.
What If I Already Have Gum Disease? Will Flossing Help?
If you are in the early stages of gum disease, flossing can help reverse the effects and help your gum tissue heal and return to proper health. If you are in the mid-to-late stages of gum disease, flossing can help prevent gum disease from worsening further.
If you have further questions about flossing, which floss is best or maintaining proper oral health, please feel free to schedule an appointment at Kennedy Square Dental by calling (905) 789-7339 today!Tags: Benefits of Flossing, Oral Health Care, Oral Hygiene Benefits