Why is Flossing So Important?
You are brushing your teeth twice a day, you may even be gargling with mouthwash and yet your oral health isn’t as good as it could be. Do you know which key ingredient you are missing from your daily routine? Flossing!
Flossing or cleaning in between your teeth with dental floss, has many benefits you may not even know about. Every day your mouth comes into contact with many different types of bacteria. Food, drinks, pens, nails and everything else all have bacteria which ends up in your mouth. Don’t just settle for brushing your teeth! Below are a few of many reasons why flossing is so important and it needs to be part of your everyday life.
Prevents Gum Disease
Gum Disease is common in most adults within the UK. It causes gums to be swollen, sore or infected. Even if you are brushing twice a day, you may be leaving bacteria in between your teeth. Once the bacteria builds up you can get a layer of plaque forming on and around your teeth. The best way to remove as much bacteria as possible is by flossing. Using dental floss to get in between teeth and remove bacteria can greatly lessen your chances of developing gum disease.
Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
It might sound a little crazy but according to recent reports there are links to be made between gum disease and heart disease. It doesn’t mean that if you forget to brush your teeth one night you are going to end up dead! That may not be the case.
However, leaving bacteria in your mouth, that can make its way to your bloodstream means that in some circumstances you can have a greater chance of developing heart disease. Flossing can help to minimise the amount of bacteria in your mouth after brushing.
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We all know that morning breath does not always smell like roses! We can wake up with a mouth that smells like we have slept for a month. Instead of panicking about bad breath or choosing to chew a piece of gum, combat the problem simply by flossing after you have brushed your teeth. To get rid of the odour in your mouth, get rid of the bacteria that causes it. And to do all that you need to get flossing!
Your smile can look sad, dull and stained if your teeth are covered in plaque. You may think that the only way to brighten your smile would be to bleach, whiten or deep clean your teeth. That may work but it could take a long time, be costly and even quite painful. Instead you should simply begin your day by flossing your teeth. Removing any bacteria, plaque or stains from your teeth can turn your frown upside down. It can brighten your smile and greatly improve your oral hygiene.
If this post has left you wanting to brush your teeth, floss or even visit the dentist then come and see what we at London City Smiles can do for your oral health. For more information and tips on oral health book a dental appointment with us here.
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