Flossing is a bit of a chore. It takes a little extra time, and if you haven’t flossed in a while, it can even be painful.
It’s no wonder our team at St. Mary’s Dental is constantly reminding our patients to ‘brush and floss!’
Flossing is critical, You’ll never hear one of us say ‘Don’t worry about the flossing.’ It just isn’t going to happen and for two vital reasons. Here they are:
1. Bad Breath
I knew I could catch your attention with this first one. Bad breath is something we all worry about. It’s part of our ‘appearance, and we are all aware of how that can impact our relationships.
When we meet new people, talk to others in close quarters, or greet a partner, bad breath is on our minds. We worry about how bad breath affects first impressions.
It makes sense, then, that bad breath would be one of the things you might worry about.
Flossing is a great way to help you prevent bad breath.
Flossing helps restrict plaque buildup between your teeth. It also helps flush out pockets of bacteria. Together, plaque and bacteria can create bad breath.
To decrease your chances of being caught with bad breath, floss every day.
When bacteria is allowed to concentrate on your teeth, decay can occur. Plaque buildup is a concentration of bacteria. When plaque is allowed to remain between your teeth it gives bacteria a chance to destroy enamel and damage your teeth. Cavities are damage to your teeth caused by bacteria.
Flossing gets between your teeth where your brush can’t get and removes plaque buildup. It also loosens pockets of bacteria that can be removed with a quick rinse.
Flossing will help you keep plaque and bacteria from developing between your teeth.
St. Mary’s Dental recommends you floss your teeth every time you brush your teeth. At the very least, we encourage you to floss every day before you go to bed. Once a day is your minimum, and nighttime is a good time to floss.