Brushing, flossing and rinsing your mouth with a mouthwash are the three main paradigms of an ideal dental routine. But between brushing and using a mouth wash several times a day, flossing just seems to be such a waste of time and energy right? Wrong! Most dental practitioners will tell you that brushing and rinsing does not get to the bacteria lodged between the teeth in those tiny gaps and spaces.
It is this untouched bacteria and plaque that further turns into cavities and tartar over time. Flosiing not only helps cleanse this bacteria but also prevents gum diseases. Unfortunately most Indians aren’t even familiar with the concept of flossing.
In this article we point out some major benefits of flossing your teeth. This should help you consider taking up flossing more seriously.
To prevent the build-up of tartar
The sticky residue that often forms on your teeth is called plaque. Plaque settles all around your teeth and if not taken care off soon, it can form into a harder deposit called tartar which is much more difficult to remove. Tartar can also cause gum disease like gingivitis. Flossing is one of the best ways to cleanse plaque and tartar that often gets missed out by a toothbrush.
Prevents tooth decay
Foods that get lodged between teeth are a major reason for tooth decay and cavities. Flossing removes such foods stuck between teeth gaps.
Prevents bad breath
When food gets left behind in tooth gaps, it leaves behind a stink. This is why some people suffer from bad breath (halitosis). Flossing prevents such unpleasant bad breath.
Prevents the onset of other diseases
Tooth and gum diseases can often affect your overall health too. Bacteria that forms in your mouth can spread to the rest of your body and can cause diseases like heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illnesses too. In 2003, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that people address their oral health as it was directly linked to potentially life-threatening systemic diseases.