Most people understand what brushing their teeth does for them. They know that it can remove food particles and bacteria on the surface of the teeth. It is an important part of avoiding any problems with the teeth and gums and most people include it in their daily routine.
Flossing is another issue. People don't always understand what flossing does and how it can help maintain your oral health. The fact is that flossing is as important as brushing every day because of what it removes from your mouth.
The Gaps Between the Teeth and Gums
Whether you can see them or not, there are gaps between your teeth and gums. The gaps are the result of many things. Gaps can come from the way your teeth grew in, or they could come from problems with your teeth such as tooth decay. You may not always see the gaps, but they are there, and they are the reason that flossing is important.
What Floss Removes
The most obvious thing that floss removes is the food that gets stuck between the teeth. Anyone that has eaten popcorn is familiar with getting something stuck in their teeth. While much of the food that can get stuck between the teeth and gums is easy to see, there are also plenty of smaller pieces of food that you do not see.
There are also bacteria in between your teeth and gums. Bacteria that builds up becomes plaque. The bacteria and plaque can lead to problems with the teeth and to gum disease. Floss can help remove the bacteria before it can build up.
People skip flossing when they cannot see anything stuck between their teeth. They don't realize that there is something there. The proof is when you do floss, you will notice that the floss does not say as clean and white as when you started using it.
Learn more about flossing and other oral health issues. Contact our office to schedule your appointment.
Century Dental Dr. Jefferson Call, DMD & Dr. Dix Densley, DDS