10 Mar Floss On – The Smart Daily Habit For Optimum Health
Yes, you should still floss every day
Last August, an investigation released by the Associated Press claimed that the benefits of floss are unproven. As is the tradition on the internet, people took a lack of scientific causation and ran with it. People said flossing is not necessary anymore, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. It is difficult to study the efficacy of floss without brushing your teeth. They simply go together.
Flossing remains as relevant as it’s always been. When used correctly, dental floss removes debris, fights harmful bacteria, and prevents bad breath. There are many reasons you should include flossing into your oral hygiene routine daily.
Keep your natural teeth longer
When you fail to remove the bacteria-laden plaque between your teeth, the sticky substance hardens into tartar. Tartar and plaque react to the sugars you eat and turn into acid, which erodes your enamel and makes your teeth soft. Failing to floss also makes you susceptible to gum disease like gingivitis, which is the leading cause of tooth loss. If you want to keep your natural teeth well into old age, flossing is mandatory.
Your mouth is a window to your body
Disease prevention is as easy as your evening dental routine. Preventable gum disease links to ailments such as heart disease and stroke. Flossing keeps your gums and mouth healthy, so your body doesn’t become susceptible to other maladies. On the other side of the coin, if you already suffer from an illness like diabetes, you are more prone to gum disease overall. Failing to practice proper oral hygiene including flossing means you are at high risk for nasty gingivitis.
Halitosis is heinous
Many things cause bad breath, also known as halitosis. It is the result of bacteria in your mouth digesting and releasing gas. In your mouth. Just take a moment to picture that.
Flossing gets all those bits of food out from between your teeth, so you deny bacteria their feast. Other causes of bad breath include dry mouth and–surprise!– Gum diseases like gingivitis.
Cavities cost you
They cost you both in the time it takes to fix them as well as your hard earned money. Cavities are most common in the crowded nooks and crannies of our teeth where plaque accumulates. Left there long enough, that plaque will eat a painful hole into your tooth. Getting a cavity filled can cost up to $150 a tooth. Compare that to the $1.99 it costs for the best dental floss, and it makes fiscal sense to just floss already.
Missed a few days flossing? Need a cleaning to jumpstart healthy habits? Call Tower Dental and schedule an appointment at 561-257-1007.