Benefits of FlossingDr. Benjamin Hull and his team always promote preventative dental care. We advise our patients to brush twice and floss at least once a day. Like many others, you may have bought dental floss and kept it unused in your cabinet. However, this can lead to some very problematic consequences if continued...

Here are the reasons why you should floss regularly:

Your toothbrush needs an assistant

No matter how much you spend brushing your teeth, this is not sufficient to clean your mouth completely. Food particles get stuck in between the teeth, and the bristles of your toothbrush cannot reach these tricky regions.

Interdental cleaning instruments like floss, interdental brush, wooden pick and water flosser are specially designed to remove food debris and dental plaque from the spaces between the teeth. You can always talk with us to know which interdental cleaner will work the best for you. Nevertheless, flossing should accompany tooth brushing as an integral part of your daily oral hygiene maintenance.

You can be free from halitosis

The most common cause of halitosis or oral malodor is deposition of plaque and calculus in the mouth. The food debris that remain in the interdental areas can cause the build-up of thin biofilm of bacteria. This process releases foul-smelling gas in the mouth and results in bad breath.

You may suffer from low self-confidence and may be embarrassed to speak in public due to bad breath. You can be free from halitosis and the plethora of problems associated with it by cleaning your teeth properly. Along with a toothbrush, you should floss regularly to remove the food particles from the space between your teeth. Flossing will also eliminate the debris accumulated below the gumline to some extent.

Flossing prevents gum diseases and systemic problems

Dental plaque and tartar cause gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. You may have bleeding from gums, swollen or puffy gums and bad breath in the initial stages. Eventually, the gum disease may progress to the advanced phase of periodontitis which can manifest as tooth loss.

Dental caries commonly occur in the proximal regions. You may not have any complaints, and proximal caries may progress to a stage where you may need a root canal treatment. Obviously, you won't want to lose your natural teeth. However, research studies show that frequently gum diseases go unnoticed, which will result in tooth loss. You can reduce or even eliminate the risk of dental caries and gum diseases by flossing regularly (coupled with regular dental visits).

Gum problems are also associated with an increased chance of developing systemic disorders like diabetes, heart diseases, respiratory ailments and complications in pregnancy. Thus, flossing is good for your teeth as well as overall health.

Your dental investment is secured

Dental procedures like getting a crown, dental bridge or dental implant can cost you an arm and a leg. You wish that these replacements last forever. However, food particles may accumulate in the areas adjacent to these dental devices.

Flossing removes the food particles and other causative agents accumulated in the proximal areas of the dental prosthesis in your mouth. Thus, regular flossing helps you achieve a high return on your dental investment (ROI).

It’s never too late to start a healthy dental habit!

When should you floss?

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you must floss at least once a day. You can make that a part of your morning ritual. However, some people like to floss after dinner. It is advisable to floss before brushing teeth so that fluoride ions of toothpaste can reach the proximal surfaces.

If you are suffering from gum disease or have maligned teeth, you should start flossing immediately. Nevertheless, you can always visit our clinic to have a thorough check-up and the appropriate treatment.

It is important to follow the correct technique of flossing. During your dental visit to our clinic, our team will also teach you the right method of using a dental floss.

Apart from preventative treatment, Dr. Hull also provides a broad range of dental services for people of all age-groups. If you have any questions regarding the benefits of flossing, want to know more about our services, or want to schedule your dental appointment, please call us at 208.597.7729. We look forward to hearing from you.