Most people know how important it is to brush your teeth at least twice a day, but many people seem to dismiss flossing as an unnecessary extra step. Whether you think brushing your teeth is enough, or you just don’t feel like taking the time to floss, here’s a few reason why you should reconsider your oral hygiene routine.
Plaque Builds Up Everywhere
While brushing your teeth helps to remove plaque and bacteria from the flat surfaces of your teeth, it can only reach minimally between your teeth. Flossing allows you to effectively remove particles of food and plaque that get stuck in between your teeth that brushing cannot reach.
Plaque and bacteria stuck in between your teeth can cause tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, bad breath, and many other unpleasant side effects. If you want to avoid painful procedures at the dentist, take the time each day to floss and clean out those hard to reach areas.
Your Gums Won’t Bleed Anymore
The fact that flossing more will lead to your gums bleeding less may seem counterintuitive considering that flossing can cause your gums to bleed. However, the more you floss, the less likely your gums are to bleed because you’re removing the bacteria that actually causes inflammation from increased blood flow to the gums.
You may have to endure occasional bloody gums if you are first starting to floss, but over time, your mouth will bleed less and be much healthier.
Your Overall Health Will Be Better
Gum disease affects more than just your mouth when it comes to your health. By maintaining your gum health, you reduce the risk of a number of diseases and conditions, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and even respiratory disease.
Increase the Effectiveness of Toothpaste
When brushing your teeth, you’re using the bristles of the toothbrush and the fluoride in the toothpaste to remove plaque from your teeth. By clearing away plaque by flossing, you’re allowing for the fluoride from the toothbrush to reach more places on the teeth, increasing its effectiveness.
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