Brushing your teeth every day is crucial to your oral health. And believe it or not, flossing is no less vital. This is because flossing reaches those areas between the teeth and around the gumline that brushing simply cannot. Without flossing those areas, gingivitis and cavities can take over your smile.
According to Clinical Microbiology Reviews, dental plaque is home to more than 1,000 bacteria that can attack the gums. This leads to gum inflammation, swelling, and bleeding. As part of a vicious cycle, the bacteria flourishes, and gingivitis sets into your smile. Without treatment, gingivitis will lead to periodontal disease, which lets bacteria enter the bloodstream where it can travel to other vulnerable areas of the body, such as the heart and respiratory system.
But gingivitis isn’t your only worry when it comes to neglecting your flossing routine. Cavities develop when dental plaque isn’t cleared away daily. Plaque is insidious as it breaks down precious tooth enamel between teeth, giving cavities an entrance.
You can always floss once a day at bedtime to clear out any lingering food particles and plaque along the gumline and between the teeth. This benefits not only your smile but your oral health and overall health as well.
You can effectively clear plaque and oral debris with dental wax or floss from between the teeth and along the gumline. Simply pull out an 18″ strip, wind it around your index and middle fingers, insert a section between your teeth, and slide up and down. Do this for all areas where your teeth touch and being gentle around the gumline. You can also floss using a water flosser, dental flosser, interdental brush or toothpick. Find the method you like and use it daily.
If you have concerns about your smile or want to schedule your next dental cleaning, call Dental Arts Of Blue Bell at 215-643-9430 today. Dr. Justin J Deutsch and our team in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, are ready to support you with all your oral health needs!