The Importance Of Regular Flossing Habits

Dental FlossingWe all know the importance of brushing our teeth every day. However, here at Denver Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we feel that not enough importance is placed on the habit of daily flossing. We know that it takes extra time, can be difficult to reach all the teeth, and may even be painful, however it’s a vital step in making sure your teeth are as healthy as possible.

Daily flossing will dislodge food debris from in between your teeth and will prevent the buildup of plaque between the teeth. Your toothbrush can’t reach these areas, which means they’re vulnerable to plaque and dental cavities. More and more cases of dental cavities and tooth decay are occurring between the teeth because of a lack of proper flossing habits.

Consequences Of Skipping The Floss

Below are just a few of the risks you take if you choose not to floss:

  1. Dental Cavities – If plaque is allowed to continue to build up in between the teeth, it will eventually cause cavities. These cavities can be treated with fillings, but it isn’t a fun procedure and it’s easily avoidable by flossing daily.
  2. Tartar Buildup – If plaque is not removed regularly, it may solidify and harden into tartar. While plaque can be removed with flossing and brushing, only a dental professional is able to remove tartar from the teeth. 
  3. Yellowing Teeth – Leaving tooth debris and plaque between your teeth can eventually cause the teeth to become dull and yellow. Regularly removing harmful substances from the teeth will help your smile appear white and bright!
  4. Halitosis – Avoiding the floss can cause chronic bad breath. This is because food debris stuck between teeth will take on an unpleasant odor and your breath (and possibly even your relationships!) will suffer the consequences.
  5. Loss Of Teeth – Neglecting regular flossing habits means you aren’t properly caring for your gums. When gum disease occurs, your gum tissue will become weak and pull away from the teeth. If left untreated, this can eventually cause your teeth to loosen and fall completely out.

We believe that avoiding the above dental issues is well worth spending a few extra minutes on your dental hygiene routine each day. For more information on keeping your smile healthy and beautiful, or to make an appointment, please contact Denver Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Our office is located in Denver, CO.  

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