Flossing can seem like a pain, sometimes literally. If you have sensitive gums, it is pretty much the thing you look least look forward to in your morning routine.
So, maybe you skip a few days here and there. Perhaps you make it your goal to floss once a week. One is better than zero, right?
Wro- okay, that is actually right in this case. Some stimulation in the gums is better than absolutely none. But, if you aren’t flossing daily, you are doing yourself no favors. Beneath the gum line is where plaque and tartar form, which if left untreated, can lead to gum disease.
The longer you wait in between flossing, the more calcified plaque becomes, making it nearly impossible to remove with dental floss. This also means more work for your dentist and hygienist during your cleaning visits twice a year!
Reasons Other Than the Obvious (Gum Disease)
Flossing also means you are getting a healthy stimulation of the gums and blood flow in the gums. This helps prevent recession, which is irreversible without surgical intervention. Once your gums recede, you will need gum grafting or pinhole treatment to repair (not reverse) the damage.
Gum recession can occur with or without the aid of gingivitis (gum disease) and should always be monitored carefully.
Bacteria is also removed when you floss (along with plaque). This helps prevent cavities and tooth decay as the bacteria that lives in plaque often generates acid. This acid can also irritate the gums causing pain and swelling.
When brushing your teeth, you can consider that every tooth has 5 surfaces: the front, the back, the top (the chewing part) and 2 sides. When you brush, you are only ever hitting 3 of the surfaces. Flossing ensures you are doing the job in its entirety.
The Short of It
In short, there are several reasons why you need to be flossing daily. Here they are:
- Preventing gum disease
- Stimulating blood flow and circulation
- Cleaning out acidic plaque
- Cleaning out bacteria
- Preventing gum recession
- Cleaning the 2 sides that can’t be reached with a toothbrush
If you need more reasons why you should be flossing daily, be sure to ask Dr. Dehdashti, your 33950 dentist.