Benefits of Flossing

Benefits of Flossing

Benefits of Flossing

While the point of flossing has come under fire recently, there are benefits to flossing. Plaque is one of the leading causes of bad breath, along with food. Flossing removes plaque and food that becomes stuck between teeth or under the gum line. Flossing also helps to strengthen and contribute to making your gums healthier. All in all, while there might be no additional tooth benefit for flossing, there are definite benefits to flossing outside of tooth health.

Freshens Breath

Plaque removal is one of the keys to improving your breath. Brushing and flossing are the best ways to remove plaque. Though the use of a water toothbrush can do the same job as both, though they are often an expensive alternative, flossing helps by getting to the plaque that brushes can’t reach between your teeth. Flossing also helps get the plaque that is below the gum line as well. Brushes have a harder time of getting between teeth and below the gum line and can cause problems if they do. Brushing hard enough to get the bristles between your teeth can erode your teeth from the friction.

Gum Care Wooddale

Because of the way your gums are, they are not often rubbed, poked, or pressed against. For this reason, when something does rub against them, they often can cause the gums to tear or rupture and cause bleeding. Flossing gets your gums use to the force and can help reduce the chances of your gums bleeding. One fact that people who deny the healthy benefits of flossing can not deny is that when your gums bleed, bacteria and germs inside your mouth get into your bloodstream, and from there into the rest of your body. Bacteria and germs that enter your bloodstream can lead to heart and lung problems if they enter through the gums as well.

Dentists Wooddale

While flossing might not reduce the likelihood that you will develop gingivitis or cavities as some of the new studies are claiming, the other benefits of flossing can not be denied, to stay that flossing does no or minimal help to your oral health are overstating the lack of evidence to support just two. With less bleeding and less plaque, the benefits of flossing are from disproven. Give a call to Addison Dental today and set up an appointment to see how well your gums are holding up.

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