Why is Flossing so Important?

Jan 31 2023

Your oral care regimen is essential for good health. Brushing twice a day and flossing once can transform your well-being by lowering your risk for cavities and gingivitis. Many people will have gum disease and tooth decay within their lifetime, but you can mitigate those risks by visiting a dentist. At Distinctive Dental Solutions, one piece of advice we frequently give our patients is to floss regularly. Many people underestimate just how much flossing can do for your health, so below, our dentists outline just a few of the many benefits that you should know about.

Removes Plaque

Plaque is a film that forms on your teeth and gumline when bacteria combine with starches and sugars from the foods you consume. The bacteria produce acids to break down carbohydrates. These substances can create a film of plaque if you do not brush and floss enough. Plaque is colorless and odorless, but you don’t want it to stick around: over time, plaque can increase the chances of cavities and even form tartar, which can lead to gum disease. By regularly flossing, you can prevent plaque from building up and causing complications down the line. 

Lowers Risk of Gum Disease

Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease, and one of the initial symptoms is inflammation. You may also notice bleeding after flossing or brushing your teeth.  If left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis, which is an infection of the gums. Your gums might recede from your teeth. Sometimes, teeth may become loose due to decreased bone support, and you may eventually experience inflammation throughout your body. By brushing twice a day and flossing at least once, you will cut the risk of gum disease. Professional teeth cleanings provided by our dentists can also support healthy gums. 

Reduces Bad Breath

Bad breath, also known clinically as halitosis, is very common. Fortunately, flossing is one of the many habits you can maintain to prevent bad breath. Food can become trapped between your teeth and decay, leading to unpleasant breath if those food particles aren’t removed. As plaque builds and erodes your enamel, you can experience bad breath due to gum disease, cavities and other issues

May Support a Healthy Heart

Good dental habits are for more than just healthy teeth. You may be supporting your heart health, too. Studies have shown that individuals with proper flossing habits have a lower risk of heart failure and atrial fibrillation. Your oral health is closely interlinked to your overall physical health, and flossing is an easy way to keep yourself well. 

How Often Should I Floss?

The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day. Whether you add it to your morning routine or before you go to sleep, flossing will significantly improve your oral well-being. Flossing before brushing your teeth helps to loosen plaque and food particles so you can actively remove them with your toothbrush. 

Talk to Our Dentists About Oral Hygiene

Flossing is one of the best ways to support a healthy mouth. Talk to our dentists at Distinctive Dental Solutions about building strong oral health habits.



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