Many people brush their teeth twice per day, but most forget to floss. There is a growing body of evidence that says proper dental care can do more than help you keep your beautiful smile. A healthy mouth can prevent much more serious conditions, and some of them can be life threatening. If your dentist has told you to add flossing to your dental care routine, but you’re still not convinced, keep reading to discover why flossing is so very important.
Prevent Heart Disease Complications
People that suffer from heart disease must be extra careful with their dental care routine. Your mouth is an entry point to very harmful bacteria that can easily reach cardiac tissue. Infectious endocarditis is the inflammation of the heart caused by bacteria getting into the bloodstream through your bleeding gums. You can reduce the risk of complications by keeping your mouth and teeth clean to prevent dangerous bacteria from getting into your bloodstream.
Get Rid of Dry Mouth
Did you know that your saliva is a natural disinfectant for your mouth? Without saliva, bacteria can cause tooth decay and gum disease. It’s known that 90% of people over the age of 65 are on some kind of medication that can lead to dry mouth. Many senior citizens are at high risk for oral disease. If you floss regularly, it can help make up for the lack of saliva by scraping off the bacteria your saliva would have killed.
Get Rid of Halitosis
Bad breath (halitosis) can be very embarrassing. However, flossing regularly can help prevent it. Just using a toothbrush can’t remove all the food that is stuck between your teeth. If you don’t floss, those food particles will stay there and rot, giving off unpleasant odors in the process. As the food particles break down, they release sulfur compounds that cause that well-known rotten egg smell. The rotting food also releases isovaleric acid, which can smell putrid or like sweat. If you floss every day, you can make sure that your breath is clean and fresh.
Avoid Diabetes Complications
There is evidence that shows that diabetes can be aggravated by gum disease. It’s because of this that flossing and brushing are extremely important. A diabetic person has organs that heal more slowly than a normal person. This can cause tissue damage to develop faster, particularly at the gum line. It is extremely important to remove plaque and tartar on a regular basis to avoid diabetic compilations caused by gum disease.
If all of these reasons don’t convince you to floss, then at least keep in mind the dental benefits of flossing. Regular flossing and brushing can prevent tartar buildup, tooth decay, and gum disease. As previously stated, gum disease can lead to many other life threatening conditions and cost you thousands of dollars in medical and dental bills. Taking good care of your mouth with help you take good care of the rest of your body and help you to live a long and healthy life.
If you have concerns about your dental health or you need advice on flossing properly, you need to consult with your dentist as soon as you can. At Simply Smiles Dentistry, we can provide you with the proper guidance and treatment to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Until next time… Keep on Smiling!