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Flossing is such a small part of most people’s oral hygiene routine that it’s easy to neglect. When you floss, you’re taking a thin string and running it between your teeth. This gets all the food and other gunk out from between your teeth that brushing can’t reach. You should floss at least once per day, either in the morning or at night, and may also implement flossing into your routine post meals.
Why Is Flossing Important?
Flossing is such a simple act but can make a huge difference in your oral health. The most immediate benefit of flossing is that it helps keep your breath fresh by removing food particles that can cause bacterial build-up. In addition to brushing your teeth, flossing is an important part of good oral health. If you regularly brush and floss, you’ll have fewer cavities, reduce your chances of losing teeth, and enjoy fresh breath. If you're unsure about how to correctly floss, ask your dentist during your next appointment at GT Dental in Toronto.
Consequences of Not Flossing
Individuals who don’t floss can experience a wide range of problems. The first problem is if you’re not flossing, food particles are going to get stuck between your teeth. These food particles are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. This bacteria can lead to everything from gum disease to plaque buildup on your teeth. The bacteria and plaque are just the beginning. Neglecting to floss can lead to other problems, like bleeding gums, receding gums, and even losing teeth and bone mass in your jaw.
Not flossing enough or doing a poor job will result in more short-term problems. For example, your gums will become red, swollen, and more sensitive. Your gums will also bleed easier when you do start flossing or even brushing your teeth. These are all warning signs that your gums are not healthy. Take these signs seriously and work to improve your oral health.
Get in The Habit of Flossing Now
If you’ve neglected to floss for a long period of time, it’s never too late to start. Make an appointment with us at GT Dental in Toronto for an oral exam, cleaning, and advice on the best oral care routine for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!