Every time you visit South Charlotte Dentistry, one of our Dental Hygienists will probably remind you that you need to start flossing more, but why is this so important? Flossing is a simple task that can be done in just a few minutes but stubborn non-flossers often underestimate the importance of those few minutes. Flossing cleans in-between the teeth and reaches places that simply brushing cannot. Flossing removes food particles and plaque that may be hidden in between teeth. Flossing removes these to prevent bacteria from growing and causing tooth decay.
Proper oral hygiene includes flossing. We know it is not the most enjoyable task for most people but it is very important in keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy. Flossing not only removes food from in between the teeth, it also helps protect the gums by cleaning out foods that could cause bacteria to grow on the gums. Flossing breaks down the plaque and bacteria biofilm on your teeth and protects your teeth from decaying.
When bacteria is left in-between your teeth it can actually change the whole ecosystem of your mouth. This makes you more susceptible to bacteria related infections. The gums are sensitive to the bacteria and plaque that can build and if not removed it could lead to serious problems like gum decay or a gum infection also known as gingivitis. If left untreated, Gingivitis can also lead to a gum disease known as periodontitis.
Many non-flossers are often scared away from flossing because they have sensitive gums and flossing can cause sensitive gums to bleed. This is a popular myth. Flossing is not the cause to sensitive gums but rather, not flossing is what causes your gums to become sensitive. Once you have returned to flossing routinely, your gums will rebuild strength so that your gums will be less irritated and bleed less often.