We all know that a good dental hygiene routine includes flossing. However, that doesn’t mean we all do it. In fact, numerous studies have shown that less than half of Americans clean between their teeth every day, and many never reach for those wax-coated nylon strands at all!
With National Flossing Day around the corner, here are three reasons why you should floss:
- Remove food and plaque: All the brushing in the world isn’t enough to thoroughly clean the spaces between your teeth. The bristles simply can’t reach into those tiny crevices. Floss squeezes in to remove lingering plaque and food around your teeth and gums.
- Reduce your risk of cavities: If you don’t remove it, plaque will release acids that harm your tooth enamel. Over time, these acids can lead to tooth decay and cavities. A cavity is a tiny opening in your tooth enamel and must be treated to prevent further damage.
- Help prevent gum disease: Gum disease is a serious threat to your oral health. In its mild form, it can cause redness, swelling, and bleeding. As it progresses, your gums may separate from your teeth and become vulnerable to infection. In its advanced stages, it destroys gums tissue, bone, and can even lead to tooth loss. Flossing helps eliminate plaque and bacteria before they have a chance to spread below the gum line.
Flossing During Orthodontic Treatment
Flossing is more important than ever if you’re currently undergoing orthodontic treatment. That’s because food can easily get trapped under traditional or ceramic braces, Incognito™ Hidden Braces, and INBRACE lingual braces. Even if you’re an Invisalign® patient, flossing is an important part of keeping your mouth healthy and your smile-straightening treatment on track!
Ready to Schedule Your Next Appointment?
Dr. Robert Rudman is a skilled orthodontist who cares about the health and appearance of your smile. If you’re ready to schedule a visit to Advanced Orthodontic Care, please call us at 303-331-0222. We welcome patients from Denver, Cherry Creek, Stapleton, and nearby areas of Colorado.