If you want to enjoy one of life’s greatest gifts, you definitely have to take care everything that allows you to enjoy it in the first place! When it comes to dental care, don’t ignore the importance of dental hygiene products recommended by your dentist. When I was 10 or 11 years-old, I remember reading a sign on my dentist’s wall that read: “You don’t have to floss all your teeth…just the ones you want to keep!” After that, I didn’t go a single day without flossing. Flossing on a regular basis is one of the best things you could ever do for yourself and your taste buds. Maintaining proper dental hygiene will allow you to enjoy all the tasty foods out there, don’t let something as simple as flossing stand in your way.
You may be thinking, I already brush my teeth so why is flossing so important? Think about it this way: your mouth is basically a door to your body. Everything that constitutes your body has come in from your mouth—food, liquids, and even bacteria. Harmful bacteria are located in dental plaque and cannot be removed with brushing alone; they stay in the spaces between your teeth that your toothbrush can never reach. This is some scary stuff, but don’t fret. Flossing twice a day, as recommended by dentists and dental hygienists, can help remove dental plaque. If you’re still not convinced, here are 5 reasons why flossing is so important:
1. To prevent tooth decay
If plaque is left in-between your teeth, it can cause cavities, especially when harmful bacteria are present. This is why it’s crucial to not only brush, but to floss so areas your toothbrush can’t reach are tended to.
2. To prevent gum disease
The only reason your teeth stay in place is because of your gums! Gum disease is caused by an accumulation of plaque between teeth and around gums. Take care of these guys as well, with flossing.
3. To prevent halitosis
One of the main causes of halitosis, or bad breath, is plaque. Unpleasant odors are caused from the metabolism of bacteria in plaque. Bad breath can also be from tooth decay and gum disease—also caused by dental plaque build up.
4. To prevent tartar build-up
Tartar is one of those words you heard about and know is bad, but what is it exactly? Tartar is actually dental plaque that has hardened from the calcifying action from saliva. Practicing and maintaining good dental hygiene, including both brushing and flossing can slow down tartar build-up.
5. To reduce the risk of heart and other diseases
Since your mouth is basically the door to your body, you want to keep it as clean as possible because harmful bacteria can reach your body organs, including your heart through your blood stream.
And if you really, really, still aren’t convinced yet, visit your dentist and talk about flossing and how you can integrate it into your daily routine. Who knows, you might even get some dentist supplies like toothpaste toothbrushes, and even floss. Now, remember, the only type of plaque you want are ones to hang on your walls, not ones in your mouth. Happy flossing!