We sometimes think that oral health means simply brushing our teeth once a day forgetting that poor oral hygiene may lead to other health issues – but it’s much more than just brushing! Flossing is important and should be part of a good routine.

Flossing helps avoid gum disease

Plaque forms continually between teeth and around our gums; it can accumulate over time causing inflammation which may progress to gingivitis. If gingivitis is not taken care of and left untreated, it may progress to periodontitis which damages bone holding the teeth in the jaw. If this is left neglected, it may eventually lead to teeth loss.

Flossing helps reduce the risks of heart disease

The mouth is the entry point to harmful bacteria that may easily reach cardiac tissue.

Flossing helps prevent bad breath

Plaque left between teeth can produce a bad smell. Flossing cleans between the teeth and if done effectively will help prevent bad breath.

Flossing helps avoid dental decay

Just brushing is never enough; there are places that a toothbrush can’t reach and that’s where flossing really helps. Flossing helps remove plaque and food debris between the teeth where tooth decay can form.

Flossing helps in tartar control

If plaque accumulates around teeth over time it turns into tartar as saliva has a calcifying effect and this can also cause gum disease.

Flossing helps reduce diabetic complications

Diabetes can be aggravated by gum disease so it is important to brush and floss teeth every day. A diabetic may heal slowly which may make tissue inflammation develop more rapidly and especially at the gum level.

So It’s very important to floss teeth properly – please ask us more when you next visit us or contact us via our web site