22 Jul 2018 Does flossing matter?
Why should I floss?
We’ve all heard the line from the dentist, ‘you’re only bleeding because you don’t floss’, and sometimes it can seem like they’re getting revenge for the lack of floss in your routine, but they actually have a really good reason to recommend it. Flossing might be a little unpleasant, but it is the only way to clean two of the five surfaces of your teeth, and there are knock on health benefits. Here are some of the top reasons to floss:
Your gums really will stop bleeding.
It may be shocking to see blood on the floss when you add it to your routine, but that is a sign of some gum disease and once you power through this for a week or so, removing bacteria frequently will mean that your body won’t send blood cells to the area to fight the infection, and therefore you will bleed less.
Plaque is quick.
Plaque acts really quickly, and starts to harden within hours of eating. After just 48 hours the cavity-causing substance will be firmly stuck to your teeth, and then has to be removed by a professional. Flossing can get that off before it has time to harden.
It’s like flossing your whole body.
Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and even respiratory disease have all been linked to gum disease. By maintaining your gum health, you’ll help cut down your risk of these serious conditions – or improve your condition, if you’re already affected.
Your teeth will stay strong.
What’s worse than getting a cavity? Getting a cavity in between two teeth. Remove bacterial buildup in those hard-to-reach areas, and you’ll save yourself the pain of going under the drill.
Pregnant? Add flossing to your daily routine, your baby will thank you.
Pregnant women have an extra reason to floss: Gum disease is linked to premature and low-weight birth, so if you’re already eating healthy and taking your vitamins, an extra step in your prenatal routine can help improve your baby’s health.
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