We know that flossing your teeth every day can seem like an annoying, repetitive, and unnecessary task. But flossing at least once a day actually has countless amount of benefits that you might not know about.
Reasons to Floss Your Teeth
Think of flossing as a companion to brushing your teeth: they do different things but they are both equally as important.
- Flossing daily can prevent bad breath. Food can get trapped in between your teeth and in the gum line that contains bacteria that then creates a foul smell. Flossing can help remove any food that is wedged in between your teeth, keeping your breath fresh.
- Flossing can prevent tartar build-up. Plaque easily accumulates on the teeth, and when it is left unremoved, it can harden into tartar. Flossing will remove plaque that is starting to accumulate in 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 can allow 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 every day.
- Flossing can help control diabetes. When bacteria in your mouth builds up without being removed through flossing, it can affect the glucose levels in your blood, which is a big problem if you have been diagnosed with diabetes.
- Flossing also reduces 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 haven’t established a flossing routine or you’ve been neglecting it lately, don’t worry too much. Your dentist can remove some built-up plaque during your regular visit. If you’re in the Fort Collins area and looking for a dentist, College Ave Modern Dental is following all COVID protocols and accepting new patients. Contact us today to make an appointment!