Many people do not floss. Most people hate it, say it takes too long, and many say it is hard to get into the habit of flossing. However, there can be many options to traditional flossing such as using electrical devices, toothpicks, and even oral irrigators (water flossers) that make flossing a lot easier. Flossing is crucial to dental health and hygiene.
If you do not floss plaque builds up on your teeth. This plaque can then cause Gingivitis (gum inflammation) and cavities in the future. It is very hard to remove dental plaque without flossing. Plaque causes harmful effects because it allows the growth of bacteria that destroys the enamel on your teeth. This then allows cavities to easily form. The bacteria additionally irritate the gums. This can then cause the gums to bleed easily when irritated. Over 500 types of bacteria can be found in plaque. This plaque is made up of food debris and drinks that contribute to disease in both teeth and gums.
The harmful effects of flossing do not stop there- if Gingivitis is left without being treated it can lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream and is linked to diabetes. To reduce the risk of periodontal disease, flossing is key.
Dentists recommend flossing at least once a day before bed. However, dentists also highly encourage others to floss after every meal if one has the time. Also, the way you floss is essential to ensuring that you effectively remove the harmful bacteria from your teeth. Click on the following technique to view a video on the proper technique for flossing