Your teeth are made up of the hardest substance inside the human body, enamel. This hard substance surrounds the inner layers of the teeth to protect their roots and their lifelines. You see, each tooth within the mouth is a separate living feature. Every tooth has its own direct bloodline, and when a tooth becomes severely infected or damaged it can die. Most dental health concerns begin with something small, such as a cavity or irritated gums. When a minor issue continues, it can lead to serious oral health concerns that can eventually affect your overall health.
One of the simplest things you can do to protect your health is to floss your teeth. Your mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria each day, and if you are not taking 60 seconds once a day to floss your teeth, you are subjecting yourself to a full gamut of possible issues.
If you have ever run your tongue over your teeth at the end of a day and felt a “fuzzy” film on your teeth, then you know precisely what plaque feels like. Plaque is the sticky white substance that builds up on your teeth and causes damage. Plaque is made up of millions of tiny bacteria that live off of the sugars and food particles in your mouth. Pretty gross, huh? Well, if you are not removing this plaque every day, these bacteria are feasting their way through your teeth. When plaque remains on the teeth, it eats tiny holes in the enamel known as cavities.
Flossing is considered to be the most essential dental habit. Yes, flossing is even more important than brushing. Dental floss is the only tool that is designed to fit between the teeth, where it can get remove stuck food particles, slide underneath plaque, and scrape it away. Toothbrush bristles are not able to do this, so relying on only brushing your teeth will not leave you with a healthy mouth. If you are not flossing every day, you are leaving your mouth susceptible to decay.
At Gwinnett Family Dental Care, we encourage you to floss daily. Without proper oral hygiene, serious health issues can wreak havoc on your life.
Posted on behalf of Gwinnett Family Dental Care