Consider the Floss: Why Flossing is Essential to a Healthy Smile

Flossing is one of the best ways to prevent gum disease from developing. Most people brush their teeth at least twice a day because they don’t want to have bad breath or because they don’t like the way their mouth feels when it’s unclean. However, flossing is just as equal to brushing when it comes to preventing bad breath and keeping a clean mouth. When you skip flossing, the bacteria between your teeth will literally get stuck and rot, which is why some notice a bad odor when they floss for the first time in a while. If you think about daily flossing as a way to prevent rotting bacteria from sitting between your teeth, you may feel more motivated to finally commit to flossing one (or even more!) a day.

Gum Disease is Often Irreversible

Gum disease is your body’s response to that bacteria that clings to your teeth and forms the sticky, colorless substance known as plaque. Bacteria will always live in your mouth, but poor oral hygiene can compromise your body’s ability to fight this plaque, and most people will eventually develop gum disease. Gum disease isn’t something that develops later in life (although it can), as it can be present even in people as young as teenagers.

The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, can be reversible. Although, you would have to recognize gingivitis and start good daily habits to stop it from progressing to periodontal disease. One way to reverse gingivitis is to get a professional cleaning by a hygienist who will remove the build-up of tartar that even your floss and toothbrush can’t get to. However, at-home habits like flossing daily are vital at this point, and you need to start flossing daily in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Flossing: As Important As Brushing

If you brush your teeth every day, but you don’t floss every day, where is the disconnect happening? Ask yourself why you don’t value brushing as much as flossing, then consider for a moment that the two are equal. It is true that some people (very rarely) don’t develop gum disease even though they never floss. For the most part, this is a very rare occurrence and you cannot count on being one of those people. Try to view flossing as important as brushing, and work it into your daily health care routine.

If you need a professional cleaning to get your mouth clean and tartar-free, call Highland Oaks Family Dental today. We want you and your family to enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles, and we are committed to providing you with the best oral health care in Keller.

Highland Oaks Family Dentistry

700 North Tarrant Pkwy, #102
Keller, TX 76248
(817) 402-2608