Flossing is a very often overlooked part of dental hygiene routines. However, flossing is extremely important to your dental health. We need to floss.
Below are the top 5 reasons not to neglect flossing in your dental health care.
It catches what your toothbrush can not.
Even the best toothbrush does not reach the spaces under your gums. Flossing ensures that any food particles trapped between your teeth and gums is removed. Without flossing, these areas will become breeding grounds for bacteria and can cause infections as well as halitosis.
It can remove stuck particles.
Flossing is a much more effective way of dislodging food from between your teeth. Popcorn, steak, mangoes, etc. are all known foods that will get stuck between your teeth. Just brushing may not remove these pieces, but flossing will never fail to.
Keeps your mouth cleaner.
Brushing your teeth IS necessary, but it is not enough to truly keep your mouth clean. Flossing goes the extra mile in removing bacteria. Without flossing, your teeth and mouth will still be dirty even if you brush and rinse. So really, what is the point if you are not flossing?
It can help you avoid awkward situations.
Nobody likes walking around with noticeable bits of lunch still clinging to their teeth… This is another way flossing can help! Keep travel sized floss wands in your pocket or bag and take a quick trip to the bathroom to floss after you eat. This will keep you from dealing with an embarrassing moment at a possibly critical part of your day, such as a work/school presentation or date.
Because your dentist says so! All joking aside, there is a reason that your dentist recommends certain things for your dental health. Total body health starts in the mouth, so if you have an unkempt mouth, you are going to have a sickly body. Flossing, as well as brushing will give you a leg up on your overall health, and give you confidence in your brightest smile.
I hope you are inspired to add flossing to your daily routine. Do not forget to keep up with other parts of dental hygiene, as no one thing is complete without the others. Also be sure to attend regular cleanings and checkups from your dentist. Happy flossing!