Did you know that the daily habit of flossing could extend your life by up to six years? That’s a pretty impressive achievement for a little piece of waxed thread. If to date you’ve been reluctant to fully embrace daily flossing, you might want to reconsider its merit – as down the road you’ll reap the rewards of befriending the various flavours and thicknesses of dental floss.
NW Calgary Dentists at Ranchlands Dental Clinic would love to know that each and every patient is breaking out the dental floss daily – not because they have shares in Johnson and Johnson, but because flossing removes food debris and bacteria (plaque) that accumulates in between teeth.
Brushing your teeth is an important step in keeping your teeth clean, but the bristles of a toothbrush can’t adequately clean between each tooth where plaque and tartar form. Floss is known as an inter-dental cleaner, as it cleans the space between teeth, removing food particles, sticky plaque and bacteria. Though brushing is good – the combination of brushing and flossing your teeth is the best thing you can do to keep your teeth clean.
Dentists at Ranchlands Dental Clinic explain that flossing doesn’t just help clean teeth; but the action of flossing also contributes to the health of gums by removing food particles that become lodged below the gum line. Plaque and food that is trapped below the gum acts as an irritant to gum tissue due to the bacteria in the plaque feeding off food remnants and releasing acid. In order for gum tissue to escape the irritation, it pulls away from the tooth, creating recession and a pocket. The pocket becomes the perfect place for more plaque and food to accumulate – and so the cycle continues. But with daily flossing plaque and food debris is removed and bacteria are kept to a normal level; allowing gums to remain tight around the neck of a tooth.
Another reason to floss daily is that it can save your money. If plaque and bacteria aren’t removed from tooth surfaces, dental decay can destroy the enamel and create a cavity that requires treatment. The resulting dental treatment could have been avoided with the healthy habit of daily flossing – therefore, reducing unnecessary dental costs. And if saving money isn’t enough of an incentive to have you running to the store for a jumbo packet of dental floss, maybe knowing that the three minutes you spend each day flossing could actually add to the longevity of your life by reducing plaque bacteria that contributes to heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory illness. The bacterium that lives in dental plaque doesn’t just live on teeth – but travels around your body in your bloodstream causing inflammation and disease.
So if you haven’t flossed today, go do it now – your body will thank you.
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