Save the Floss!

By February 21, 2017At Home Dental Tips

Floss has been put on the endangered list. Help us save it!

Save-the-FlossThere’s one question that makes most people shrink when they’re at the dentist and that is, “Do you floss?” Flossing seems to be the most unpopular thing when it comes to caring for your teeth. It can be tedious, frustrating and at times, quite painful. However, flossing is the most important part of proper oral hygiene and should be done on a daily.

If you don’t currently floss, you probably get the run down from your dentist on reasons why you should floss and how it’s never too late to start. Well, it’s about time you start taking their advice and making flossing part of your daily routine.

Here’s why…

  • A toothbrush can only do so much for your teeth. It removes plaque with help from toothpaste, but it only gets the surfaces. A toothbrush can’t get the stuff in-between your teeth or under the gums which are where diseases and cavities begin. That is where floss comes in to save the day.
  • Gingivitis is a gum disease that can become a serious and expensive problem fast. If you don’t floss you are more likely to get the disease which is only the beginning of periodontitis, a gum disease that shrinks the gum and loosens the teeth.
  • There is more than 500 species of bacteria found in plaque in your mouth; some good and some bad. Together with other components that enter the mouth can help build up the plaque, creating disease around the teeth and gums.

That is only the beginning of reasons why you should floss. So stop shrinking at the sound of, “Do you floss?” and start flossing! It’s never too late to start.