When you walk into a dental appointment, there is one question you are guaranteed to be asked: Have you been flossing?
Why is this question asked all the time? It’s because our team at Cottonwood Dental wants to stress the importance of flossing when it comes to your oral and overall health.
Maintain Your Smile with Flossing
Yes, brushing your teeth is important. But you want to make sure you finish your brushing session strong with a good flossing!
Let’s dive in to what makes flossing so important for your oral health:
Most obviously, flossing can help make sure your mouth is free from all the food particles in between meals. While brushing does its part, sometimes food gets stuck in between teeth, which can cause irritation and a decline in oral health.
You want to be sure you are flossing a at least once a day to make sure your gums and teeth are not irritated from food particles and to keep your smile healthy.
Second, flossing can help to prevent gum disease, which affects approximately half of adults age 30 and older living in the United States.
Gum disease can cause a number of issues, including:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Red, tender gums
- Tooth and bone loss
Gum disease can also be a risk factor for lung and heart disease. Fortunately, gum disease is largely preventable by flossing, getting regular dental cleanings and brushing your teeth at least twice a day.
Finally, flossing can help not only to freshen your breath but also to help you to keep your smile! Flossing improves the overall brightness of your teeth by keeping your gums healthy.
Plus, flossing can keep you from having bad breath, especially in the morning, by making sure the food trapped in your teeth is gone, as the food particles can cause quite a stink!
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