The Benefits of Regular Flossing
Floss is a soft thread made of a mono-filament polytetrafluoroethylene or multi-filament. The nylon floss can be unwaxed or waxed, and it comes with different flavors to make the process more convenient. Most times this kind of floss can tear or break. However, the polytetrafluoroethylene is less likely to break and shred, but both of them are effective when used properly.
Why Is Flossing necessary?
A toothbrush can only clean your teeth surface. Notwithstanding the number of times you brush or the kind of brush you use, it will not reach every part of your tooth. There is a gap between each tooth where the tiny particles of food and bacteria can promote the formation of plaque. Mouthwash can help to prevent bacteria, but it cannot remove the food particles that get stuck there, and it doesn’t get rid of plaque formation.
If plaque is not treated on time, it can lead to the formation of tartar. Plaque is a sticky substance that flossing and brushing remove without much effort, but tartar is crusty and hard. It can be removed using special tools by dental professionals, the process is called scaling.
However, fighting plaque is a long time battle, and it is the main reason why dental care is important. Plaque begins to form between 5-10 hours after brushing. Due to this, brushing and flossing are essential. When brushing, you must take some time to floss because the two techniques work together to complete the job of cleaning your teeth.
Dental care helps to prevent gum disease and bad breath. Tartar provides a home for more bacteria which can lead to gingivitis (gum infection). The primary stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. While the most severe stage of gum disease is known as periodontal disease. The periodontal disease is unpleasant and more painful which can lead to loss of teeth or loosen the gums and roots.
Regular brushing keeps your teeth clean, but there are some hidden areas you can’t see where tartar and plaque can cause the most damage. Your teeth may look fine, but if you have bacteria eating away your gums and teeth below your gum line, this can make your mouth unhealthy. It is just a matter of time before you begin to have negative consequences. With proper flossing, this can save you a lot of money and pain during this uncomfortable experience.
Remember, home care isn’t enough to keep your teeth completely healthy. Regular visits to the dentist are essential. Contact us to schedule your next visit today!