Even in today's world of high-tech dentistry, good old-fashioned brushing and flossing remain the cornerstones of home dental care. Here at Anderson Family Dentistry, we urge patients to brush and floss their teeth regularly. But while brushing is accepted as routine, flossing seems to be regarded as some sort of optional activity. Here are three ways that flossing can improve your health and quality of life:
Healthier teeth - Brushing regularly is certainly critical for dental hygiene, but your toothbrush can only remove food and plaque from the flat surfaces of the teeth. Those tiny gaps between your teeth are not tight enough to deter food particles from entering them, and when that happens they can cause cavities and other issues. Flossing safely and effectively pushes those particles out of their hiding places so you can get them out of your mouth once and for all -- at least until the next meal of snack.
Reduced risk of gum disease - When food particles combine with saliva to form plaque, bacteria uses the plaque as a food source. The hungry bacteria can eat right down into your gums, creating gingivitis and other forms of periodontal disease. If you want to avoid these painful problems (and possibly even losing your teeth to them), floss daily to keep your gums free of the destructive germs.
More confidence in public situations - Flossing can do wonders for your public image and self-confidence. Carry a bit of loss in your pocket and you can always ensure that no embarrassing bits of food have gotten wedged between your teeth. You will also enjoy fresher breath if those bits are not allowed to remain in your mouth.
Following Up with Dental Checkups and Cleanings
Of course, even the most thorough flossing is no match for a professional deep cleaning, so make sure you also schedule twice-yearly evaluations at our clinic. We want to help you preserve your smile for decades to come!
What motivates you to floss every day?