Flossing is an essential part of taking care of your teeth. If you are brushing twice a day and seeing your dentist regularly, you will still run across problems if you are not flossing on a regular basis. Here is what happens to your teeth when you do not floss.
Plaque, Plaque, Plaque
No matter how often you brush your teeth, if you are not flossing, plaque will build up. Food particles get caught in the tiny crevices between the teeth, the areas that are hard to reach with a toothbrush. This food buildup causes germs and sticky bacteria to form a filmy substance over the teeth, known as plaque. Hard to reach areas between teeth is the prime location for plaque to thrive. Unchecked plaque is responsible for a plethora of dental health issues.
Bad Breath Galore
If you are not flossing, you are likely missing lots of tiny bits of food that your toothbrush’s bristles cannot reach. These little food particles will begin to decay in your mouth, causing bad breath. When you floss daily, you are giving your mouth a deep clean and reducing the possibility of bad breath. An oral rinse or mouthwash can help with this as well.
The Possibility of Gingivitis
When plaque can develop unchecked in your mouth by not flossing, it can cause serious problems. One of these problems is gingivitis. Gingivitis is a gum disease that causes inflammation and irritation in and around the gumline. When gum disease goes untreated, it can cause serious underlying health problems, including heart disease.
Besides flossing, it is essential to keep up with a regular healthy dental routine. This includes regular checkups and cleaning appointments with your dentist. Is it time for your dental checkup? Call Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts for an appointment with Dr. Zola Makrauer or Dr. Julie Miller today.