Flossing. We all know about it, but how many of us actually do it? The extra 30 seconds it takes to floss are often overlooked, as many believe that brushing does a “good enough” job of cleaning the teeth. However, we are here to debunk this myth, as there are many reasons as to why flossing needs to be a part of your dental routine:
1. A toothbrush is meant for cleaning the outer surfaces of the teeth, which is important, but it cannot reach the crevices between each tooth. Floss is an interdental cleaner, which means it can pull out the gunk and plaque that you never knew existed from between your teeth (gross!).
2. Flossing protects your gums, which are pretty essential considering they hold your teeth in place. Tiny food particles can get lodged near the gums and between the teeth, leading to the formation of tartar. Tartar can lead to gingivitis, a serious gum disease. Let’s avoid that.
3. If you don’t take proper care of your teeth, you’re going to be visiting the dentist a lot. As much as we like seeing you, we’d rather you avoid serious erosion and cavities as a result of not flossing. You’ll also save money from less dental visits, and floss can be purchased for as little as a dollar.
4. The first way to ruin a conversation is by having bad breath. When there is food stuck between your teeth, it is possible for it to leave a stench. Keep a roll of floss on hand to take care of anything hanging around post-meal. There is even mint-scented floss available for those of us who are extra breath-conscious.
5. Dental health is extremely important, not only because it keeps your teeth looking fabulous, but also because it correlates to the health of the rest of your body. Poor dental care can lead to heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illness. Not cool.
In short, flossing is important because it takes care of the plaque you can’t see or taste, and keeps your teeth that much healthier so you can keep them for that much longer! Make a habit to do it after you brush, and practice flossing with your children to make it a lifelong habit.