If you think brushing your teeth is enough for maintaining good hygiene, think again. Flossing is equally important as your toothbrush may not reach everywhere, for example, the gaps between your teeth.
Read on to find out some important benefits of flossing and how it should never be neglected.
Plaque is a colorless sticky layer that forms between your teeth. It is formed when the bacteria in your mouth mix with the sticky food particles.
A tooth is comprised of five surfaces. Flossing itself covers two of the surfaces while brushing does the rest. This means that flossing does 40% of the whole cleaning process.
According to the National Institute of Dental Research, halitosis, commonly known as bad breath, affects almost 65 million Americans at some point in their lives. Flossing is an effective way of dealing with bad breath.
The decaying food particles stuck on your teeth make your breath smell bad. Flossing removes the food particles and also helps with eliminating plaque build-up, hence refreshing your teeth.
Gum disease is caused by the build-up of plaque which not only stains your teeth but also makes your gum tissues weak. If gum disease isn’t treated, it can result in tooth loss and bleeding. Gum disease is also a cause of bad breath, discussed above.
Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing helps reduce plaque and tartar. Flossing, in particular, helps remove the sticky food in hard-to-reach spaces in your teeth and makes sure everything is thoroughly cleaned.
According to a study conducted by the American Heart Association in 2019, maintaining good oral health improves your heart health. Poor dental health leads to decaying teeth and gums, potentially allowing bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Research has shown that people suffering from gum disease have an increased risk of heart failure.
Together with brushing your teeth, the importance of flossing cannot be negated. Parents should teach their children how to floss properly and make sure they are in the habit of doing so regularly.