5 Reasons Why You Should Be Flossing Your Teeth

Since last year’s media revelation that flossing your teeth isn’t necessary, flossing has been a hot topic in the dentistry industry. There are many mixed opinions, but the firm stance of the Canadian Dental Association is that flossing is very important for your oral health and should be done daily. Here are 5 reasons why you should be flossing your teeth everyday:

 

1) It prevents plaque building up

Within 24 to 36 hours, plaque hardens into tartar (also called calculus), which can only be removed by professional cleaning. Flossing daily disrupts the bacteria from below the gum line and prevents adhesion to the tooth, meaning plaque never gets the chance to harden into tartar.

 

2) It prevents gingivitis

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums and the earliest cause of gum disease. Gingivitis is most often caused by plaque forming on the teeth, as the bacteria can irritate the gum tissue. An early sign of gingivitis is bleeding from the gums when you brush your teeth. Good oral hygiene, including flossing, is required to prevent gingivitis and stop plaque building up on your teeth.

 

3) It prevents periodontitis

If left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis. Periodontitis is a serious gum issue that causes inflammation of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. If left untreated, periodontitis can spread down beyond the gums causing destruction to the bone of the jaw and resulting in loosening and loss of teeth. Flossing prevents bacteria and food debris building up between the teeth and turning to plaque, which can lead to inflammation of the gums.

 

4) It helps you reach places a toothbrush can’t

Flossing removes plaque and bacteria that you cannot reach with your toothbrush. If you don’t floss, you are missing more than one-third of your tooth surface! Flossing is the only way to clean in between the tooth contacts and prevent interproximal decay, which is a problem area for a lot of people.

 

5) It will keep you healthy!

Research has shown that there is a link between gum disease your and general overall health. Chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and lung problems have all been linked to gum disease. By flossing daily you will not only reduce the bacteria build-up on your teeth and keep your gums in tip-top shape, but you’ll improve your overall body health too!

 

The philosophy of McAllister Dentistry in Ottawa is to offer the best possible dental care to every patient that walks through our doors. If your gums are red and inflamed, or bleed when you brush your teeth, you may be showing early signs of gum disease. Give us a call today to book in for a check-up and we’ll discuss the best oral health treatment plan for you and your family.

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