Many people put off going to the dentist simply because they know their dentist will ask whether or not they have been flossing daily. Believe it or not, you can try to fib your way out of it, but as soon as you open your mouth your dentist will know the true answer. Flossing is the most neglected oral care habit worldwide. While it only takes about a minute to complete, people have some very interesting arguments as to why they do not floss. Regardless of your own personal reasoning, flossing is an essential part of your oral health care routine – and its benefits go well beyond your mouth.
Outside of regular dental cleanings, flossing is the most important thing that you can do for your oral health. Floss is the only at-home dental tool that can successfully scrape dental plaque away from your teeth. Dental plaque is an incredibly dangerous substance that forms inside the mouth every single day. Dental plaque is the chemical reaction between the bacteria inside your mouth and the foods that you consume. Every mouth is home to millions of oral bacteria, and every time you eat or drink (anything other than water) tiny particles of food and sugars are left behind. As the bacteria attack these particles to help break them down, they create acids to assist them. It is the chemical reaction between the bacteria, particles, and acids that they create which produces dental plaque.
Dental plaque is formed completely of acid-producing bacteria. If you have ever run your tongue over your teeth at the end of the day and noticed a “fuzzy” feeling, then you know firsthand what plaque feels like. Because plaque is full of bacteria, it is important that it not remain on your teeth and at your gum line. Your teeth and gums are living features with a blood supply that links directly to the rest of your body. Gum disease, which is the irritation and infection that occurs from plaque buildup at the gum line, has been directly linked to diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, and pregnancy complications. You can floss your way to better health for your entire body by implementing this simple step into your daily routine.
At Huebner Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics, we want to help you learn of the importance of proper dental care and how you can implement it easily into your normal day. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.