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What Can Flossing Do For Me?

What Can Flossing Do For Me?

Most people don’t enjoy flossing their teeth. Some of our patients even ask our dentists at Kane & Kerper Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, “What can flossing do for me?”

You may think that flossing is just to maintain your smile and keep it pretty and healthy. However, maintaining a healthy mouth can also prevent serious diseases. If you are still not convinced that you need to floss, here are some reasons flossing is a vital part of cleaning your teeth.

It can help you achieve optimal cleaning.

Brushing alone is not enough to clean your teeth. Brushing your teeth twice or three times a day may help maintain your oral health. However, you will not get optimal cleaning if you do not floss. Your toothbrush’s bristles do not clean adequately between your teeth or under your gums. And this is where floss comes in.

Floss is a tool that can help in removing plaque from those tight spaces in between your teeth and under your gums. Because it prevents plaque buildup between your teeth, the fluoride in your toothpaste can penetrate more parts of your mouth.

Using floss and toothbrush can give you a more satisfactory result than just brushing alone.

It can protect your gums.

Food particles can easily lodge in places where your gums and teeth meet. In these areas, plaque can easily harden. If it is not removed, it can form tartar. Tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis. If it is left untreated, the bacteria in the tartar and plaque can easily spread and penetrate below the gum line, causing periodontitis – a severe type of gum disease.

It can help you save money in the future.

In the age of rising health care costs and reducing insurance benefits, it does pay to take extra steps to learn how to reduce medical expenses. Studies showed preventive dental care can lead to significant benefits down the road.

Kids who had their first dental checkups before they reach one year of age had 40 percent lower dental costs than their peers who had their first visit after reaching one year.  The cost of dental emergency visits is up yo ten times the cost of a regular checkup.

If you can include flossing in your dental routine, you can prevent suffering from severe medical problems. And if you ask any dentist about the most cost-effective tools to protect your oral health, you will likely to receive an answer of “a soft toothbrush and a box of floss.”

It can prevent other diseases.

Apart from discolored teeth, bad breath and discomfort, brushing and flossing can also prevent bacteria from flourishing in your mouth. If bacteria are not removed, it can lead to respiratory illness, diabetes and heart disease.

It is important to note that heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. and more than 25 millions of people in the U.S. have diabetes. Periodontal disease can contribute to these conditions so flossing, which is used to improve oral health, can significantly improve your overall health.

Flossing only takes a few minutes of your time each day. It is just a small step that can offer a tremendous impact on your long-term health.

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