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What Are the Benefits of Flossing Your Teeth?

Using dental floss regularly will remove plaque. This will help prevent tartar, which is what develops on teeth when plaque is allowed to buildup. Flossing your teeth can make them healthier by removing plaque and excess food that you may not see in the mirror or in areas that your toothbrush can’t reach.

Think of a carpet before and after you vacuum. You may not really see the dust and dirt, but once you vacuum and the dust and dirt are removed, the carpet may not only look cleaner, it’s also healthier environment after being vacuumed. The same principle applies to flossing.

Flossing everyday doesn’t just keep your teeth healthy; it adds to your good oral hygiene and helps your health in other ways, too. Some studies say there is “an increasing amount of evidence linking periodontal disease to an increased risk of heart disease.” Researchers think that “mouth infections, like any infections, can increase the levels of inflammatory substances in the blood, which can promote blood clots and slow blood flow to the heart.” Another finding is that bacteria from a mouth infection can easily enter the bloodstream and impact your circulatory system.

Flossing helps prevent tooth decay and can reduce your risk of developing gum disease by removing plaque. It also gives you the opportunity to regularly examine your mouth for any swelling or redness. If you don’t floss regularly you may miss signs of other health issues. Certain conditions including cancer, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and eating disorders can cause lesions in your mouth and redness and swelling of the gums.

Benefits of Flossing After Eating

It's not always convenient to brush your teeth in the middle of the day. But even flossing after a meal can help promote good dental hygiene and also make your mouth feel cleaner.

When you feel the need to snack on your favorite food, keep in mind that some popular, and even healthy choices, like pretzels, crackers, or raisins and other dried fruits, can still get stuck between your teeth. Dried fruits are also high in sugar, which can cause tooth decay along with bacteria. Flossing can help clean your teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach.

Here are Meridian Campus Family Dental, we want to help you keep your mouth and teeth looking and feeling great by following a regular oral care routine of brushing and flossing your teeth daily. Be sure to make an appointment at our dental office soon, so we can help keep your teeth healthy.


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