If you’ve ever visited your dentist, you’ve definitely been reminded that you’re supposed to floss. If you’re not flossing regularly, this blog is for you. If you are flossing regularly, then we’re so happy to hear that! But, are you doing it the correct way? If you’re not sure, then this blog is for you, too.
Flossing is, by far, one of the best things you can do to not only improve your oral health but your overall health. When you floss, it removes bacteria from your mouth and can even help prevent heart disease. So if you’re going to do it, let’s show you how to do it right!
Meet Paula, one of our awesome hygienists, as she demonstrates how to really clean between those teeth!
What Are the Benefits of Flossing?
1. Flossing Prevents Gingivitis
Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. It can be a painful condition that includes symptoms like bleeding or swollen gums. One of the easiest ways to prevent gingivitis is by flossing regularly, which can remove the plaque buildup on the gum line that leads to the disease.
2. Flossing Reduces Bad Breath
Have bad breath? Maybe you’ve already tried some tricks to get rid of it like brushing your teeth two or three times a day or using mouthwash. Brushing and mouthwash can certainly help, but it is the buildup of tartar that causes the strongest smells. You can remove the tartar on your teeth by brushing, but flossing can help remove tartar from your gums and in between your teeth. Those with bad breath who start flossing regularly note improvements in their breath within just a week!
3. Flossing Can Help Control Diabetes
Would you believe us if we told you that diabetes and flossing are related? Flossing can have a positive impact on anyone with diabetes When you don’t floss, bacteria in your mouth builds up at a fast rate. Oral bacteria can affect the glucose levels of your blood, which is a major problem if you have diabetes. To help stabilize your blood glucose levels, make sure to floss at least once each day and remove as much bacteria from the mouth as possible.
4. Flossing Can Help Prevent Heart Disease
If you don’t floss regularly, you might notice that your gums bleed, which is a sign of gingivitis. One of the problems associated with gingivitis is that it allows bacteria to enter your bloodstream and attack your organs. This can eventually result in heart disease or blood clots. You can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, especially in men, daily flossing is a simple but effective solution.
Regular flossing can help reduce the risk of heart disease, respiratory ailments, bad breath, diabetes regulation, and even gingivitis. With so many positive benefits of flossing, everyone should make a habit of flossing daily.
One thing that we can promise is if you become a flosser and make it a regular habit, your dental appointments and cleanings will be so much easier and your mouth much, much healthier.
If you haven’t seen us in a while or if you’re looking for a Little Rock dentist, schedule an appointment today! You (and your teeth) will be glad that you did.