Why You Should Start (or keep) Flossing Every Day

The Importance of FlossingEveryone is familiar with aesthetic appeal, right? Typically, used as a selling feature to describe a home’s exterior or interior. But aesthetic appeal also applies to your teeth and smile. Don’t’ you want your smile to be aesthetically appealing? Of course, you do! So, if you’re not a flosser (at all or irregularly) why not?

Do you know that flossing is one of the most impactful dental hygiene habits you can do for the health and appearance of your teeth?

So, why aren’t you doing it – at all, often enough, or properly? Regardless of your answers, you will learn two things from this article: Why you need to floss every day and how to do it correctly, so you get the full benefits of adopting a daily habit that no one really enjoys.

What does flossing do?

First of all, in addition to giving you a lovely smile, flossing performs close to 40% of the hard work necessary to get rid of bacteria and plaque that is sticking to your teeth. Plaque is bad news; it prompts acid that can lead to cavities, annoy your gums, and cause gum disease.

Keep in mind, every tooth in your mouth has a total of five surfaces; neglecting to floss is also neglecting a minimum of two of those surfaces. This means they don’t get cleaned and the only way to get down into these surfaces to clean them is by flossing.

Granted, inserting a string between each one of your teeth isn’t pleasant, but it performs a highly important function. Gum disease is a bad actor; it can rob the teeth of their youth prematurely as it nips away at your teeth and gums.

And as if that isn’t enough to jolt you into flossing regularly and properly, maybe knowing that gum disease damages the bones in the lower third of your face; the bones that support your teeth. If retaining a youthful appearance is important to you, get out the dental floss right now. Preserving that bones height will aid you in how y9ou appear as you age.

How do you floss correctly so you get the most benefit from it?

By now you should be convinced that it’s time to include flossing into your daily hygiene routine. So, let’s make sure you learn how to do it properly. After all, as you have now learned, there’s a lot riding on how often and how well you floss.

You will have two choices of floss: Teflon or nylon. Don’t worry – both are fine. Then, the next thing you have to do is assess the condition and spacing of your teeth. If you have large spaces between your teeth, or you have lost gum tissue (which i9s referred to as gum recession) you will have better outcomes if you use a wide, flat dental tape.

On the other hand, if your teeth don’t have spaces between them i.e., the closer together, thin floss is recommended. Sometimes called Gore-Tex, this thin floss is claimed to be resistant to shredding. This alone is an attractive feature to those who are adverse to flossing because of how “messy” it can be.

For more information about dental health and flossing, contact Paul Mansky Dental today!  We are located in Troy, Michigan and can be reached at (248) 689-5508 and we hope to hear from you soon!