Anyone who’s ever been to a dentist would know how much importance is placed on flossing, yet barely anyone makes it a habit. The benefits of flossing may not be obvious, but, in the long-run, flossing is one of the best things you can do for your teeth and oral hygiene and has enormous benefits.
Cavities often start off between the teeth, where one tooth meets the other. No matter how much you brush and how fine the bristles of the brush are, they can never reach these spaces, and won’t be able to clean them properly. If these areas are left as they are, the bacteria will eventually make its way to the tooth and cause decay. Getting rid of the bacteria, food pieces, and plaque from between your teeth regularly prevents these cavities from forming.
Reversing Gum Diseases
Since the floss is so fine, it can slide between your teeth easily. By moving it up and down under your gums, you can remove bacteria that can cause diseases that may even be severe enough to make your teeth detach themselves from your gums. It can also prevent issues like bone loss, and if you’ve already got a case of mild gum detachment, flossing can help you heal and allows the healthy tissue to reattach your teeth back in their place. Without flossing, you become susceptible to all these problems and may lose your teeth from the lack of support.
Gum disease or tartar build-up can make your gums start to recede down the roots of your teeth and make them visible when you smile or open your mouth. This makes your teeth appear longer, and they become more sensitive as well. If that isn’t enough, the spaces that start to show up between your teeth will also start accumulating food pieces, which is not just unhygienic but definitely isn’t a good look either. By flossing, you’ll be able to get rid of the tartar and gum disease and avoid all these problems.
Getting rid of unwanted bacteria will mean that you won’t have to deal with problems like bad breath that can be a symptom of gum disease or decay. By flossing, you can also get rid of bacteria that calcify the tartar and make its color darker. Hence, your tartar will become more visible.
Long-lasting Dental Work
If you’ve had any work done on your teeth, such as restorations or fillings, you’d be able to make them last much longer if you are cleaning them properly every day. Otherwise, not only will you be cutting your investments short, but making another trip to the dentist necessary because of all the other problems you can face from not flossing.
It’s better late than never! If you haven’t been regularly flossing, it’s never too late to pick the habit back up. Not only is it easy to do, but it also doesn’t take much time, and has very visible benefits. Remember, even the most expensive, carefully crafted toothbrush can’t replace dental floss, so it is important to make it a part of your daily routine.