Flossing your teeth is an important step in maintaining your oral health.

You’ve likely heard your dentist talk about the importance of flossing your teeth. The reality is that flossing on a regular basis plays a very important role in maintaining your oral health and hygiene. If you skip this step in your daily routine, plaque can accumulate in the spaces between your teeth and along your gum line, increasing your chances of developing issues like tooth decay and gum disease.

Read on to find out more about why it is so beneficial that you floss your teeth, and how often you should do so to enjoy optimal oral health…

1. Flossing removes plaque

Plaque is a sticky substance that is made up of bacteria and other debris. It tends to build up around and between the teeth, as well as along the gum line. Although you may not always be able to see the plaque in your mouth, it is important that you remove it regularly because it can cause serious damage to your teeth.

Whenever you eat or drink something starchy or sugary, bacteria in your mouth mix with these substances to form plaque. The bacteria in plaque release harmful acids that can attack the enamel of your teeth and lead to cavities over time.

If plaque is left to build up for an extended period of time, it can harden into what is known as tartar. Tartar, which increases one’s risk of gum disease, cannot be removed by brushing and flossing and will need to be removed by your dentist during a professional clean.

2. Flossing reduces the risk of cavities and gum disease

The more plaque that builds up on your teeth, the higher your chances of tooth decay and cavities. For this reason, it is important that you floss your teeth on a daily basis in order to remove plaque, as well as leftover food particles.

Regular flossing also helps to prevent severe gum disease, because it can keep gingivitis at bay. Gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, can cause inflammation of the gums, as well as bleeding and tenderness.

3. Flossing keeps your breath fresh

Many people suffer from bad breath, but the good news is that this common issue can often be kept at bay by practising proper oral hygiene. In fact, when food particles get stuck between the teeth, they can slowly decay and lead to a foul-smelling odour. To prevent this issue, food particles and other debris should be regularly removed from between the teeth by means of brushing and flossing.

Similarly, when plaque is left to build up in the mouth, it can cause gum disease and cavities, both of which can be contributing factors to bad breath.

How can we help?

The team at Dental Artistry encourages all of our patients to practice proper oral hygiene in order to keep their teeth and gums in good condition in the long-term. It is advisable that you floss your teeth at least once a day. It doesn’t matter when you floss, as long as you find a time that works for you.

As well as flossing daily, you should also brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, which won’t cause damage to your enamel or gums. If you need any information or advice when it comes to improving your oral hygiene techniques, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

We also encourage our patients to come in and see us every six months. We offer a range of general dentistry services, including comprehensive examinations and professional cleans.

To find out more about our general dentistry services and how we can customise your treatment to suit your particular needs, please have a look here.

If you would like to arrange an appointment, please give us a call on 09 524 4541 or get in touch with us here.