Your family dentist likely stresses the importance of daily flossing when you see them every six months, but you may wonder if it’s really that important. Spoiler alert: it is. Flossing is one of the most instrumental things you can do to protect your oral health.
Flossing is important because it helps to reduce the bacteria that congregate in your mouth. When they proliferate, those bacteria can cause serious oral diseases like tooth decay and cavities. Read on to learn more in-depth information about why daily flossing should be a non-negotiable part of your day.
What does flossing do for my teeth?
Flossing helps to remove plaque – a bacteria-laden film that tends to stick to your teeth – before it can harden into calculus (tartar). Unfortunately, tartar can only be removed in a professional cleaning, so you should do everything possible to prevent it from forming.
While brushing your teeth is an important way to prevent plaque accumulation, you also need to floss to disrupt plaque from forming on the surfaces your brush can’t get to, such as between the teeth or along the gumline.
Keep in mind that a healthy mouth is a gateway to a healthy body, so flossing doesn’t just affect your smile. Minimizing your risk of oral diseases has ripple effects for your overall wellness.
Why do I have to floss every day?
Plaque is relentless. It never takes a day off. So neither can you. If you “take a break” from flossing, you’ll likely find an abundance of plaque. You might even notice that tartar starts to buildup along the gumline, putting bacteria in close proximity to attack gum tissue.
Daily flossing will regularly eliminate plaque and greatly reduce your risk of developing tartar. This minimal investment of time offers major protection for your oral health.
If I floss every day, why do I still have to see the dentist twice a year?
After all that, you may wonder why you still need to see your family dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups.
Even if you’re diligent about brushing and flossing, you may not be able to thoroughly clean some areas of your smile. In contrast, a dental hygienist can reach every part of your smile and can also use professional grade instruments to remove any tartar buildup that you may have.
Of course, the exams that you get when you see your family dentist are also important, reducing your risk of advanced oral diseases, like large cavities, and even oral cancer.
Yes, you really need to floss your teeth every day. For more information about why it’s so beneficial, ask us at your next checkup or call Fresh Leaf Dental to speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members.