Why Flossing is Key to Good Oral Health

Flossing regularly helps to remove plaque and prevent it from building up, which can later lead to tartar. Your smile will appear brighter due to the removal of plaque and excess food particles. Daily flossing and other good oral hygiene habits are not only beneficial for your teeth, but contribute to your health in other ways as well.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by poor brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque to build up and harden on the teeth. There is evidence linking periodontal disease to an increased risk of heart disease, but more studies are needed to confirm. Periodontal disease has also been linked to diabetes and can contribute to the risk of low birth weight in newborn babies. Flossing helps prevent tooth decay and can reduce the risk of developing gum disease. 

Help Your Gums

Having chronically unhealthy gums can increase your risk of losing teeth or needing a root canal. Those who have sensitive gums or gums that tend to bleed may avoid flossing. However, flossing helps improve the health of your gums and may prevent them from bleeding. Flossing daily, as well as brushing and rinsing regularly, helps protect against gingivitis by removing plaque and food particles. 

Flossing with Dental Conditions

Many people think that standard dental floss is their only option, but there are many products to meet the needs of people with any dental condition, whether it be braces, sensitive gums, etc. If you have sensitive teeth and gums that bleed easily, a soft floss may be more comfortable for you. If you have braces or dentures, try a specialized floss with a stiff end that you can thread beneath the wire of your braces and a spongy component that slides between the teeth. If you have a hard time handling and controlling floss yourself, try an electric flosser. 

Flossing After Eating

Flossing after eating is always a good idea. It can help make your mouth feel cleaner and may even make you feel less tempted to snack constantly throughout the day. Some popular snack choices, such as pretzels, raisins, or other dried fruits tend to stick between the teeth. Dried fruits are high in sugar, which can cause tooth decay and bacteria. Floss your teeth after snacking to keep your teeth clean.

Jacksonville Dental Care

At Jacksonville Dental Care, we believe that everyone deserves a bright, clean, natural-looking smile. At Jacksonville Dental Care we have helped many patients correct years of oral neglect in just one or two comfortable and stress-free dental appointments. Contact us today!