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Flossing: A Must-Do Routine with Brushing

Undeniable Benefits of Flossing

As your dentist say, tooth brushing and flossing go hand in hand in maintaining oral health. Can’t do one without the other. Both are a part of daily hygiene routine. Flossing cleans those parts of the teeth which the toothbrush can’t reach. To ignore it can lead to problematic dental issues that you are trying to avoid. Here are the top benefits when you floss.

Flossing removes plaque. Plaque forms on tooth surfaces, in between your teeth, and even under the gum line. While brushing can take out that sticky coating, a result of food debris and bacteria mix, on visible surfaces even before they turn to plaque, it can also remove some that lodge between your teeth. Some, but not all. Flossing removes that when you slide your floss in between. Daily flossing also prevents plaque formation and its accumulation, known as tartar or hardened plaque.

Flossing prevents bad breath. When plaque hardens between teeth and is not completely removed by brushing, it can emit a foul odor. Bad breath in the mouth results from unattended plaque and plaque buildup in between your teeth and under the gumline.

Flossing makes toothbrushing more effective. Flossing and brushing are more efficacious than brushing alone. It is actually best to floss first and then brush. Flossing removes food debris and left over plaque from the sides of teeth and other tooth surfaces making brushing easier. Brush bristles, with the aid of toothpaste and the proper motions, reach every part of the tooth surfaces and scrape off film and debris well. Using a mouthwash after flossing and brushing makes the routine perfect.

Flossing and oral hygiene keeps you healthy. If your oral hygiene routine is thorough, which includes flossing, you tend to enjoy better oral health. You keep gum disease at bay which starts off as gingivitis.

It is a widely rampant condition of the gums and if left to take its course can lead to its more serious form – periodontitis. The condition is well documented to link with some serious medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Flossing saves a lot of money. Regular flossing protects your teeth and gums enabling you to preserve your tissues for longer. You tend to keep potential dental issues at bay, such as caries, decay, bad breath, mouth sores, gingivitis, and more. While regular visits to the dentist, at least every 6 months, can spot potential problems, it is also an occasion to have teeth in-office cleaning. While the visits contribute to maintenance of oral health, flossing is still a personal endeavor that saves you money in the long term.

Learn how to floss properly. Ask our Bellingham dentist during your appointment. Need to make an appointment? Make an appointment online.