At every dental checkup, one of the first questions people are asked is whether or not they floss their teeth every day. For many patients, the answer to this question is not always yes. While most people make sure they brush their teeth at least twice per day, many people fail to follow the recommendation made by the American Dental Association (ADA) to floss their teeth at least once daily.
Helps Keep Teeth & Gums Healthy
Flossing your teeth every day is an important task to undertake whether you are in orthodontic treatment or not. Unlike a toothbrush, dental floss is designed specifically to reach in all the spaces between the teeth and along the gumline. These are the places the bristles of a toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing helps remove particles of food and built up tartar that become trapped in these areas to help prevent tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
Prevents Bad Breath
Flossing your teeth not only helps to prevent problems like tooth decay and gum disease but it can also help keep your breath fresh. When you don’t floss, tiny bits of food can remain in your teeth and can lead to bad breath.
Helps Safeguard Overall Health
Flossing every day can also help safeguard your overall health. Recent scientific studies strongly suggest that the bacteria found in dental plaque can make its way to other parts of the body, via the bloodstream, and increase the risk of developing serious health problems like heart disease and stroke.
Remember, there is no good excuse for not flossing teeth as you can easily incorporate it into your daily hygiene routine.