So you’ve brushed your teeth…but you’re not done yet! It’s estimated that 70% of people skip daily flossing as part of their oral healthcare regimen. But just a couple minutes of flossing each day can reap long-term benefits for your oral and overall health. Here are just five reasons why flossing is so beneficial for you.
1. Flossing Keeps Gums Healthy
Brushing your teeth is just one small part of keeping your gums healthy. Flossing removes bacteria and plaque from the tight spaces between your teeth and under your gums to prevent inflammation and infection. When bacteria are left to multiply under the gums, you can develop gingivitis and eventually more aggressive forms of gum disease.
2. Flossing Can Eliminate Bad Breath
Because flossing is so effective at removing germs from those hard-to-reach places in your mouth, you’ll probably notice that you won’t have bad breath after you floss. There are even mint-flavored flosses to keep your breath feeling minty fresh!
3. Flossing Helps Prevent Heart Disease
You read that right: since flossing removes harmful bacteria from your mouth, that bacteria doesn’t have a chance to enter your bloodstream and collect in your artery walls. There really is a link between your oral health and your overall health!
4. Flossing Keeps Your Smile Beautiful
Got something in your teeth? Not when you floss! Flossing is the best way to ensure your smile is ready before all of the important events in your life, be it an important presentation at work or a date.
5. Flossing Saves You Money
Prevention is always better than cure! Taking serious care of your oral health can prevent you from needing expensive restorative and cosmetic dental procedures in the future. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice every day can do wonders for your smile.
Another important part of keeping your teeth healthy is visiting your dentist twice a year. Whether you need a general cleaning or have a dental emergency, our team at Texas Dental is looking forward to accommodating you. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!