Let’s face it, flossing throughout the day isn’t everyone’s favourite task. While it’s easy to avoid putting a strip of white nylon between your teeth, the long-term outcomes aren’t so glamorous.
As dentists, we understand that flossing can sometimes feel awkward. However, we love seeing our clients smiling with healthy gums; which is why we’ve put together a list of reasons you shouldn’t skip out on effectively cleaning your teeth.
We hope these potential outcomes from not flossing will motivate you to become a regular flosser!
Your Toothbrush Isn’t Superman
While we owe a lot of credit to our toothbrushes for getting the majority of the plaque, decay and leftover food out of our teeth, we can’t leave all the responsibility on just one brush. Unfortunately, unlike Superman, our toothbrushes can’t do it all.
It’s difficult for a toothbrush to pick up plaque that is stuck beneath gum tissue, however, floss can take care of this. With regular effort, flossing can help protect your teeth from decay and gingivitis.
Your Gums Will Become Overly Sensitive
Do you ever notice slight bleeding when you brush or floss? While it’s normal to have small amounts of blood, avoiding flossing can quickly increase gum sensitivity.
To build strong gums, we encourage brushing multiple times a day and flossing at least once. The more regular you are with an oral health care routine, the less your gums will bleed.
Preventing Irritation Is Important
Flossing helps stimulate your gingival tissue, which is crucial for a healthy smile. Bacteria and decay can form throughout your systemic bloodstream if the gingival tissue is loose, irritated or bleeding. By flossing, you will increase blood flow. Increased blood flow will cause the tissue to become healthier and firmer around your teeth.
The Rest of Your Body Could Be Affected
Diabetes, heart disease, strokes, respiratory disease and more have all been linked to gum disease. Maintaining your oral health can help reduce the risk of crossing paths with these conditions.
You Can Get Uncomfortable Cavities
Having a drill in your mouth isn’t exactly pleasant. An ordinary cavity is the least of your worries if you aren’t a regular flosser. Did you know you can get cavities in between two teeth? This is caused by bacteria building in difficult-to-reach areas. Flossing on a daily basis can help clear any bacteria that’s stuck between your teeth. Let’s face it, not only is it expensive to have your cavities filled, but it’s also painful.
Plaque Will Stay Put
Each tooth has five surfaces, all of which require maintenance. By not flossing, you are leaving at least two of the surfaces untouched. The only thing that can get into the spaces between your teeth is floss. Plus- according to WebMD, flossing can be responsible for removing up 40 per cent of plaque!
Tips For Flossing
We strongly believe that flossing is a crucial aspect to maintaining good oral health. While we know it’s not ideal to floss on-the-go, it can truly make a huge difference. While it can sometimes be difficult to add a task into your daily routine, we are confident that you can do it! Here are some ways you can start to incorporate flossing into your dental routine:
- Make it part of your morning/nighttime routine by setting a reminder on your phone
- Carry floss in your handbag or wallet for easy access after eating out
- Choose the right floss: Depending on the current state of your oral health, there are different flossing options. Having braces or a permanent retainer can make it feel impossible to get the built-up plaque out of your mouth. We recommend using floss threads. While it may take some time getting used to, floss threads will help get underneath your wiring. Aside from that, most floss is made of Teflon or nylon. It has been said that both are equally effective. Typically, those with larger gaps between their teeth get better results from a flat dental tape. However, if your teeth are pushed tightly together, you’ll have better luck with thin floss.
- Don’t mind the bleeding: If your gums start to bleed when you are flossing, it means there is inflammation present. This is often caused by built-up plaque that needs to be cleared away. If your gums are still bleeding after a few days, contact your dentist.
- Learn the “flossing technique”: Ensure your piece of floss is around 15 to 18 inches long before sliding it between your teeth. Make a “C” shape with the floss by wrapping it around each tooth.
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With advanced technology, dedicated staff, and years of experience, we are confident that we can help you reach your oral health goals.
Luckily, our expertise goes far beyond flossing. We offer root canals, dental implants, invisible braces, fillings, and much more. We promise that your smile will shine brighter after leaving our office, regardless of which service you choose.