Does flossing really make a difference?

Flossing is an important part of proper oral hygiene.

If you are committed to practising proper oral hygiene, you’ll know that daily flossing is an essential habit. Flossing helps to get rid of food particles and plaque that has built up between the teeth, as well as along the gum line. By getting rid of plaque, the risk of issues like tooth decay and gum disease is reduced. If you’re not sure about the benefits of flossing, read on to find out why you should incorporate it into your daily routine…

Flossing removes plaque

Plaque is a sticky substance that attaches to the teeth throughout the day as you eat and drink. Usually colourless, plaque can also appear pale yellow if left to accumulate. The coating forms when bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugars that you eat. These bacteria excrete acids that can wear away at the enamel of the teeth and cause issues like tooth decay if you don’t brush and floss.

If plaque is left on the teeth for extended periods, it can harden into tartar. Tartar increases the risk of gum disease and can only be removed by your dentist at a professional cleaning.

Flossing may prevent gum disease

The early stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, causes inflammation of the gums, as well as bleeding and tenderness. If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into a more serious form of the condition, which is known as periodontitis. Periodontitis causes symptoms like receding gums, as well as loss of stability in the jaw bone.

Flossing helps to reduce the risk of gum disease, while professional dental cleanings are also advisable every six months or so.

It lowers the risk of cavities

Cavities occur as a result of tooth decay when a hole forms in the enamel of a tooth. The more plaque that is stuck to the surface of your teeth, the higher your chance of getting a cavity. By flossing daily, it is possible to remove the cavity-causing plaque, and thus reduce your risk of tooth decay.

Flossing prevents bad breath

Many people struggle with bad breath, and the problem can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Often, the issue occurs when food particles that are trapped between the teeth begin to decay and cause a bad smell.

Other common oral health issues, such as gum disease and cavities, which are caused by plaque build-up, can also lead to bad breath. Flossing is an effective means of removing plaque and can go a long way in resolving bad breath.

Flossing benefits overall health

Proper oral hygiene is key when it comes to maintaining your oral health, but it can contribute to your overall health as well. There is a strong connection between oral and general health, so by taking care of your teeth and gums, you may be able to enjoy better health in the long term.

Try and floss your teeth at least once a day — it doesn’t matter what time of day you do it, as long as you make it a daily habit. Flossing before you brush is advisable as it helps to loosen plaque and food particles, while brushing will help to remove them. There are many types of floss available, so if you’re not sure which one is best for your needs, chat to your dentist for advice and information.

How can we help?

At Iris Dental, we believe that prevention is key when it comes to maintaining your oral health. We encourage our patients to come in and see us for regular dental check-ups and cleans. If you have questions or concerns regarding your oral hygiene techniques and routine, our team is happy to assist.

If you would like to come in and see us, please get in touch here or give us a call on 03 9394 7877 to arrange a consultation. We look forward to providing you with the information and care that you need to enjoy a healthy smile.

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