Flossing is a bit of a chore. It comes after brushing your teeth in things a lot of us intentionally forget to do. At Wilson Dental Group, we think it doesn’t have to be that way.
It’s true that flossing takes a little extra time, and if you haven’t done it in a while, it can even be painful. Flossing is important, You’ll never hear one of us say “don’t worry about the flossing.” It just isn’t going to happen, and for three really good reasons. Here they are:
1. Bad Breath
Bad breath is something we all worry about. It’s part of our appearance, and we are all aware of how that can affect our relationships.
When we meet new people, speak with others in close quarters, or greet a partner, bad breath is on our mind. 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 avoid bad breath.
Flossing your teeth helps reduce plaque buildup between your teeth. It also helps flush out pockets of bacteria. Together, plaque and bacteria can create bad breath.
When bacteria is allowed to concentrate on your teeth, cavities 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 helps remove 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. You will have fewer cavities and your visits to Wilson Dental Group will be more productive.
3. Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is the softening of your tooth enamel by acids. Acids are created by bacteria when they feast on leftover carbohydrates in your teeth.
Flossing can help you in two ways. First, you will remove leftover food particles so bacteria have less to work with. By the way, the food particles we are concerned about aren’t always visible. Food between your teeth can be microscopic, and that’s why it isn’t good enough to do a quick tongue slide to check your teeth. The particles are too small to see or feel.
Second, flossing will help remove the bacteria from between your teeth, so there aren’t enough left to create destructive acids.
Avoid tooth decay with a regular flossing. How often, you ask?…
Wilson Dental Group recommends you floss your teeth every time you brush. At the very least, we want you flossing every day before you go to bed. Once a day is your minimum, and nighttime is a good time to floss.
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