Did you know that only 4 out of 10 Americans floss at least once a day? What’s even more unsettling to your dentist in Ephrata is that 20 percent of people never floss. However, that same data cites that people who flossed every day as part of their oral routine reported better oral health than those who did not. That’s probably because when you fail to floss, you fail to clean 40 percent of your teeth.
Unfortunately, toothbrushes can’t reach the sides or deeper pockets of your teeth and gums, so flossing is necessary if you want to maintain a thorough oral care regimen. Here’s what flossing can do for you.
Floss Removes Plaque
Dental plaque doesn’t just accumulate on the obvious surface areas of your teeth. It can appear anywhere inside your mouth, including your gums and especially on the sides of teeth. Even if you use an electric toothbrush, the bristles aren’t thin enough to reach into the deep areas you need to hit; only floss can.
Additionally, there are few things less irritating than having food caught in your teeth. What’s even worse is looking in the mirror and realizing no one told you about that piece of chicken or lettuce from the salad you ate earlier. Food debris acts as a breeding ground for bacteria, so removing it will make a big difference in your oral health.
Your Gums Will Stop Bleeding
If you’ve been to the dentist in Ephrata for a routine cleaning recently and you didn’t floss beforehand, you probably taste blood as your dentist started performing your deep cleaning treatment. While flossing at home doesn’t compare, your gums will still bleed easily if you put flossing off for too long. The best way to reduce your risk of inflammation and bleeding caused by gingivitis is to floss at least once a day.
You’ll Keep Your Teeth Strong
When plaque sits on tooth enamel for long periods of time, it’s going to eventually wear it down. To have an effective oral care routine, you need to target all of your mouth, not just the areas that appear when you smile. Missing plaque will put your tooth’s entire structure at risk but removing it will reduce decay and keep your protected.
It’s an Improvement for Your Overall Health
Periodontal (gum) disease has been heavily linked to many more serious illnesses, including heart disease and stroke, flossing. If you have gum disease, the barrier between your mouth and the rest of your body deteriorates, meaning oral bacteria can travel to other parts of your body via your bloodstream. Flossing helps you keep this barrier intact and is a great step in the right direction if you want to reduce your risk of those diseases.
You can’t call your oral care routine complete without regular flossing. Schedule a visit with your dentist in Ephrata to hear tips on how to make including it in your routine easier!
About the Author
Dr. Sean Moriarty earned his DMD degree from the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University. Since becoming a full-time dentist and operating two dental practices, he’s become very active in raising public awareness on the health benefits of great dental hygiene. To learn more about his contributions or just about the practice in general, contact him at (717) 733-1088 or visit his practice.