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Reasons Why You Should Floss Every Day 

Jan 13 2022

Even those who brush regularly and schedule regular dental checkups often forget to floss. For oral health, though, flossing daily is one of the most important things that a person can do. If you’re wondering why it’s so important that you floss every day, our team can answer your questions and provide you with other oral hygiene tips. Here are some reasons why taking the time to floss daily matters—

Reduce Your Risk of Gum Disease

One of the most important reasons to floss every day is that regular flossing can reduce your risk of gum disease. By regularly removing food debris that your toothbrush alone cannot reach, you’ll reduce the risk of bacterial build-up and inflammation. 

Improve or Avoid Bad Breath

When you remove food particles that get stuck between the teeth, you’re not just removing bits of food, but you’re also reducing the risk of bacterial growth. Bacterial growth doesn’t just lead to inflammation and increase your risk for cavities and gum disease, but it can also lead to bad breath. By flossing regularly, you can improve bad breath or avoid it altogether. 

Limit Need for Future Dental Care

Not flossing regularly not only increases the risk for gum disease, but also for cavities and other dental complications. While you should still continue to see your dentist every six months for a checkup, you’ll limit the need for more intensive dental care—i.e. fillings and crowns—by brushing and flossing regularly. 

Improve Your Gum Health

If you notice that when you first start a flossing routine your gums begin to bleed, this is a sign that your gums are inflamed. As you floss more regularly, however, gum bleeding should cease. While this is something that you’ll be able to notice with the naked eye, there may be going on with your gums that you can’t see, including reduced inflammation of your gums, reduced bacteria between teeth and in your mouth, reduced risk of tooth decay, and overall improved gum and oral health. 

Learn More About Flossing from a Qualified Dentist Today

Flossing may not be the most fun activity on the planet, but it can improve your oral health and save time and money in the future. Just like other preventative measures designed to improve your health long-term, flossing is incredibly important. To learn more about the importance of flossing or to schedule a dental checkup with Distinctive Dental Solutions, call our office directly today or send us a message online. 

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