How many times has this happened to you? You’re sitting in the dentist’s chair and he or she asks if you’ve been flossing regularly. You immediately have an overwhelming sense of guilt at the fact that no, you haven’t been flossing regularly. Don’t feel too bad, in a 2008 study, the American Dental Association found that only 49% of Americans actually floss.
So why is flossing so important? We’ve come up with the top 5 reasons to floss.
Cures Bad Breath
When plaque is not completely cleared from between your teeth, it will begin to create a bad smell in your mouth. Most people suffer from halitosis (bad breath) simply because they forget to floss!
Prevents Gum Disease
One of the biggest causes of gum disease comes from food particles getting stuck in the small spaces where your gums and teeth meet. When this plaque hardens it becomes tartar, which leads to gingivitis. Flossing removes these particles and helps you to avoid gum disease.
Reduces Risk of Heart Disease
Not many people realize this, but a healthy mouth means a healthy heart. Because it is in most cases the first point of entry many bacteria can enter into the body through the mouth because it is in most cases the first point of entry. Flossing keeps your mouth as clean as possible which helps reduce the risk of heart disease.
Prevents Gums from Bleeding
One of the best ways to stop bleeding gums is to floss every day. Bleeding gums are usually a sign of periodontal disease which can be prevented by flossing on a more regular basis.
Will Help You Save Money
Dental health can be expensive. Take the preliminary measures and make sure you’re flossing and taking complete care of your teeth and gums to help you save money on dental bills!
For more information on flossing or to find out what type of floss you should be using, contact us today!