Flossing is not something you do every once in a while. In addition to brushing your teeth at least two times a day, flossing is important to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. Although you can get away with not flossing regularly as a child, as you grow older, the negative effects of not flossing can be difficult to reverse.
The following are several reasons why you and your family need to floss every day:
- Help prevent tooth decay. When you do not floss on a regular basis, your teeth and gums become a breeding ground for bacteria and plaque.
- Manage bad breath. Halitosis is caused by a build-up of bacteria and plaque. Eliminating the plaque between teeth can lead to fresher breath.
- Fight gum disease and heart disease. According to several studies, there is a causal link between periodontitis (gum disease) and build up in the arteries. Flossing can protect your gums from receding and your heart from certain diseases.
- Maintain a whiter smile. Eliminating plaque build-up from between your teeth can make your smile whiter.
In order to receive the benefits from flossing, it needs to occur every single day. It only takes a few minutes to do each day and if you need advice on how to floss correctly, our dentist at Austell Dental Associates will be happy to show you.
If you are interested in a teeth cleaning with our dentist, contact Austell Dental Associates and schedule your appointment with us today.