Flossing your teeth every day can seem like an annoying, redundant, and unnecessary task. But flossing at least once a day actually has a plethora of benefits you might not know about.
Reasons to Floss Your Teeth
Think of flossing as a companion to brushing your teeth – they do different things but they are both equally as important.
- Flossing can prevent tartar build-up. Plaque easily accumulates on the teeth, and when it is left unremoved, it can harden into tartar. Flossing will remove plaque that’s starting to accumulate in between your teeth and prevent the formation of plaque at the gum line.
- Bad breath can actually be prevented by flossing. Food can get trapped in between your teeth and in the gum line that contains bacteria that creates a foul smell. Flossing can help remove any food that is wedged in between your teeth, keeping your breath fresh.
- If you suffer from diabetes, flossing can be one thing to help control it. When bacteria in your mouth builds up and isn’t removed, it can affect the glucose levels of your blood, which is a problem if you have diagnosed with diabetes.
- Flossing can prevent gingivitis. Gingivitis is known as inflammation of the gums, which can be a painful condition that includes symptoms like bleeding or swollen gums. Gingivitis allows bacteria to enter the bloodstream and attack your organs, which then results in heart disease or blood clots. A quick and simple way to prevent gingivitis is by flossing on a regular schedule.
- Flossing reduces the risk of respiratory disease. It can eventually become a large problem when bacteria from the mouth travels down your throat to the respiratory system, leading to respiratory disease.
Talk With Your Dentist
If you’ve neglected to floss the past couple of years – don’t worry yourself too much. During a routine care appointment, we can help remove some plaque. South Springs Dental Group is located in Colorado Springs and is currently accepting new patients. Call today!