Your dentist probably asks every visit – are you flossing every day? Flossing your teeth may seem like an annoying, unnecessary step but it actually has a plethora of benefits you might not know about.
Reasons to Floss
Think of flossing as an addition to brushing your teeth – they work great together!
- Flossing can prevent tartar build-up. It’s easy for plaque to accumulate on your teeth. When plaque is left unremoved, it can harden into tartar. Flossing will help remove plaque from between your teeth and prevent the formation of plaque at the gum line.
- Flossing prevents 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 often results in heart disease or blood clots. A simple way to prevent gingivitis is by flossing regularly.
- Flossing can prevent bad breath. Food can get trapped in between your teeth and in the gum line that contains bacteria and that causes an unpleasant smell. Flossing can help remove any food that is wedged in between your teeth, keeping your breath fresh.
- Flossing can help control diabetes. When bacteria in your mouth builds up without being removed through flossing, it can affect the glucose levels of your blood, which is a big problem if you have diabetes.
- Flossing can reduce the risk of respiratory disease. It can become a larger problem when bacteria from the mouth travels down your throat to the respiratory system, leading to respiratory disease.
Your Dentist Knows Best
If you’ve fallen out of the routine of flossing, don’t worry – your dentist can remove some built-up plaque during your regular cleanings. If you’re in the Denver area looking for a dentist, GVR Dental and Orthodontics is currently accepting new patients and following COVID guidelines to keep staff and patients safe. Contact us today!