Kids ( old and young) everywhere want to know, is flossing your teeth really such a big deal? Among dentists the general consensus is, yes! It is! And you probably already know that your dentist can tell, and probably either compliments your flossing, or comments about your lack of flossing at every dentist appointment! So, why is it such big deal? Here are four reasons to keep running the floss between those shiny whites!
It helps prevent tooth decay! That’s right, your dentist tells you all the time, but why does this matter? Tooth decay leads to cavities, leads to long dentist appointments, and pain, and so on. With just a few moments each time you brush you can help to avoid all of the discomfort of tooth decay!
Floss also gets the food deposits that become lodged between teeth and gums, helping to prevent gum disease, also known as gingivitis! Gingivitis can cause everything from slight bleeding to swollen painful gums and can lead to painful infections! Here again, a little time saves a lot of grief.
On to everybody’s favorite, Bad breath! That’s right, running floss between the teeth at least twice a day can help remove those rotting food particles responsible for bad breath! If you are too young to date yet, this may not be a big issue for you, but if you are not, you already know how important this can be! And for those who are past that stage, do you really want bad breath at that next important meeting or interview?
Ewwww. Yellow teeth. You have probably had the experience of smiling at yourself in the mirror and finding that last night’s junk food binge has left behind a film of plaque. Well, brushing helps to remove this from the main surfaces, but cannot reach between where tartar builds up, contributing to less than a gleaming white smile!
So, when you ask if flossing is a big deal, the answer is really up to you. As you can see, the results of not flossing can add up to a pretty big deal. So, if you are in central Oklahoma, especially the Edmond area, we would love to have a chat with you about your oral hygiene! For more information visit DentistEdmond.com the home of Tower Dental for more information!