There are several reasons why people may not floss regularly, such as painful gums or a lack of time. However, dentists urge daily tooth brushing and flossing. Even if you find flossing annoying, you should make it a daily habit. Flossing will do wonders for your oral health in the long run and shield you from serious illnesses.
Immediate Oral Issues
Flossing is essential for optimum oral health. The following conditions are more likely to occur the longer you neglect this step in your oral hygiene routine:
- Plaque and Tartar Buildup: Tartar is a mineralized substance that forms on the teeth when plaque is not removed. Since only your dentist can effectively remove tartar, prevention is the best approach. Flossing and brushing can help prevent tartar accumulation by removing plaque.
- Bleeding Gums: Plaque buildup at the gumline is a common cause of bleeding gums. Flossing every day can help get rid of that plaque and stop bleeding.
- Gum Disease: Plaque and food debris left between your teeth serve as a breeding ground for bacteria that cause gum disease.
- Bad Breath: Bacteria in decaying food causes an unpleasant odor, which causes foul breath. Flossing is the most effective method for removing hard-to-reach food particles.
The following dental conditions are more likely to arise after months or years of irregular flossing:
- Cavities: Plaque travels below the gum line and chews through the enamel, causing tooth decay and bone holes.
- Loose Teeth: Bacteria attacking supporting bones raises tooth loss risk. Inflammation breaks down tooth-attaching collagen and tissue.
- Infection: An oral infection will spread. As a result, infections may enter your blood and brain. These infections, possibly caused by a gum abscess, may be lethal if not treated.
- Distorted Smile: Jaw atrophies can result from bone loss. Braces or other invasive medical procedures may be needed to fix missing or moving teeth.
- Chronic, Unexplained Health Issues: Dental problems can spread throughout the body. The resulting bacterial buildup and inflammation can lead to the following:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- An increased chance of developing dementia
- Stroke, heart disease and other cardiovascular problems
- Increased risk for developing Type II diabetes, which can hasten tooth decay and loss
- Increased weight gain
- Worsening chronic health conditions
Is It Ever Too Late to Begin Flossing?
The great news is that you can start flossing today, regardless of age! Maintaining the health and hygiene of your teeth is critical. If you have not flossed in a while, you can still get back on track by making it a habit to floss every day and going to the dentist for regular cleanings.
We can help your entire family maintain excellent oral health at Gwinnett Family Dental Care in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Please do not hesitate to contact us today to learn about the dental health risks of not flossing and schedule a dental checkup or other dental services.
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