You have probably been told since you were a small child just how important it is that you take good care of your teeth and brush them regularly. Unfortunately due to our manual dexterity, and the time it takes to FLOSS all our teeth, many people believe that brushing is just enough and are in habit of not flossing since the childhood. While brushing your teeth is very likely part of your regular morning and evening routine now, somewhere along the way flossing has gotten lost in the shuffle as something you may rarely, if ever do. If this is the case you should know why flossing your teeth is as important as brushing your teeth for your overall health.
Since there is 5 surfaces to each tooth that needs cleaning, your brush can really clean 3 of the 5 surfaces, however the other two surfaces, the between the teeth area, can ONLY be cleaned via flossing, and of course the right way of flossing to hug the tooth.
Most decays, most gum and periodontal disease, halitosis, failure in your dental crowns or veneers, failure of cosmetic dentistry treatments and recurrent cavities start due to lack of flossing, and such other aids such as water pik, can not substitute flossing.
How Flossing Can Affect Your Health
When you floss your teeth you are going to be taking the extra steps needed to help your teeth, gums and body stay healthy beyond simply brushing. Brushing your teeth alone will not help you to get rid of all of the plaque buildup that occurs between your teeth from eating and regular use. Foods that stay in the small crevices and gaps between your teeth become lodges in and over time, if not removed properly, lead to significant plaque buildup, which in turn can lead to things like tooth decay, cavities and gingivitis.In some cases documented the plaque build up can cause and exacerbate certain conditions such as heart problems, pulmonary disease and other systemic diseases. When you floss you help to keep these areas clean and healthy, making your gums pinker and healthier and preventing plaque from forming. Bacteria growing exponentially between teeth can be disturbed only via dental flossing, and disturbing the growth.
How to go About Flossing
It is often recommended that you floss your teeth twice or three times a day just like you would brush your teeth and you can combine the two into one habit so you get used to doing at least every morning and evening. It is preferable to brush and floss after every meal. This will help to prevent plaque and tartar from forming between your teeth and keep your teeth, gums and bone healthy and of course looking great. If you are unsure of the proper techniques you should for flossing, be sure to ask your dental hygienist or dentist on your next visit and they will be happy to show you the proper method for effective flossing.
Since flossing is as important as brushing your teeth it is a good habit for you to get into for your own health and protection. When you do both practices regularly you will be sure that you always have healthier teeth, gums, and the underlying bone which support the foundation of your teeth. Proper oral hygiene is a MUST if you want to keep your teeth.