Most people brush their teeth twice a day. Unfortunately, however, many forgo flossing or only do it on occasion. If you’d like to achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums, flossing at least once a day is essential. You can floss every morning or every evening or if possible, between every meal. By flossing, you can reach the plaque that your toothbrush is unable to and prevent issues like tartar buildup and gum disease.
Consequences of Not Flossing
When you fail to floss on a regular basis, you put yourself at risk for gum disease. This is because food particles and plaque from between your teeth create a breeding ground for bacteria. Unfortunately, gum disease often leads to tooth loss.
If you don’t floss, you may also get cavities more frequently than someone who makes flossing a priority. Since flossing removes plaque and foods in hard to reach places, it’s effective in preventing decay. Failing to floss may also cause bad breath due to the food that gets left behind in your mouth.
When Should People Floss?
Dentists recommend that people of all ages, including children floss. However, flossing becomes more important as you age because the risk of gum disease and other complications increases. If you’re having trouble with traditional floss, floss picks may be useful. Consult your dentist for suggestions if traditional floss doesn’t work for you.
Other Tips for Healthy Team and Gums
In addition to flossing at least once a day, use a soft bristled toothbrush and brush your teeth with toothpaste twice a day, when you wake and before you go to bed. Don’t forget to brush your tongue to get rid of any bacteria. Also replace your toothbrush every few months and visit the dentist twice a year for routine exams and cleanings.
Contact River Run Dental Spa
If you have any questions about flossing or would like to schedule an appointment at our Richmond or Midlothian, VA dentists office, we encourage you to contact us today at (804) 419-4211 We look forward to hearing from you!