Although flossing is sometimes an overlooked step, flossing daily is key to preventing serious health conditions such as severe gum disease and tooth decay. Greenwood, IN dentist Dr. Benjamin Stevens is passionate about helping his patients maintain their oral health. There are many good reasons why we want our patients to floss at least once a day. Learn more below.
Why Should You Floss Daily
Flossing Prevents Halitosis (Bad Breath)
When bacteria accumulate between teeth, they produce acids that cause halitosis or bad breath. Flossing cleans away the bacteria and leftover food particles to prevent bad breath and preserving your gum health simultaneously.
It Removes Bacteria
Most bacteria that live in the mouth are harmless, but some can cause cavities if unchecked. Removing bacteria from between your teeth can prevent cavities.
Flossing Reduces the Risk of Gum Disease
Bacteria can also cause gum disease. Routinely flossing and removing plaque from between teeth can prevent gum disease from progressing. Gum disease can not only impact the health of your teeth and gums but your overall health as well. gum disease has been linked to cardiovascular issues and Alzheimers. Establish a daily routine of brushing and flossing twice a day and visit us for routine dental cleanings to prevent this problem.
It Removes Plaque
Nearly half of the plaque that needs to be removed cannot be removed by brushing alone. Around 40% of plaque is actually between teeth. Flossing, as well as dental cleanings, remove plaque from between teeth.
Flossing Prevents More Procedures
Flossing prevents patients from needing complex, uncomfortable, and expensive dental procedures that are often needed when patients have cavities and gum disease. The most cost-effective way to prevent oral health problems is by brushing and flossing.
Contact Our Office
If you need a routine dental cleaning, call (317) 886-4512. Request a consultation with Dr. Stevens online. He will help you get the treatment you need.