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Why Flossing Is a Critical Part of Your Dental Health
You hear it from your dentist every time you get a checkup: Flossing is a crucial part of daily dental care. Consistent flossing benefits not only your teeth but your overall health as well.
Plaque is a soft, bacteria-laden film that forms naturally on your teeth. Left alone, plaque can harden into tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist. The longer plaque and tartar stay on tooth surfaces, the greater your risk for periodontal diseases such as gingivitis. Bacteria in tartar and plaque attack the gums and the enamel of your teeth, leading to inflammation, decay and even tooth loss. Removing plaque before it has the chance to become tartar brightens up your teeth, making for a whiter smile without commercial whitening agents.
Gets Rid of Bacteria
Even if you brush twice a day, every day, you're not reaching every surface that needs cleaning. The bristles on your toothbrush can't get into the tight spaces between teeth, so brushing alone leaves behind particles of food that bacteria inevitably feed on. Daily flossing removes these particles along with any bacteria associated with them. This benefits your breath as well by removing potential underlying causes of halitosis.
Enhances the Effects of Brushing
Just like brushing alone can't address every mouth-related ill, flossing by itself isn't a cure-all either. Combing both as part of a complete dental health regimen is more effective than either method on its own. Flossing addresses hard-to-reach areas while brushing covers the rest of your teeth to keep your whole mouth healthy. Remember to brush your tongue as well to enhance the breath-freshening effects of your flossing regimen.
Prevents Systemic Diseases
A buildup of bacteria in your mouth is bad news for other systems in your body. Though the first things you might see when you don't floss are the telltale redness and swelling of gum disease, studies have shown that many other diseases may be caused by poor dental health. Among these are serious problems such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Bleeding gums give bacteria an open door into the bloodstream, where they can disrupt natural body processes. Those same bacteria can also migrate to the lungs and cause uncomfortable respiratory symptoms.
Makes Dental Visits Easier
Many people dread going to the dentist, but if you take good care of your teeth, your regular checkups will be much more pleasant. Preventing tartar buildup with good flossing habits means no painful scraping, and keeping your gums healthy makes for a more comfortable visit overall.
If you're looking for a dentist in the Sheboygan and Appleton, WI area, consider visiting North Star Dental Group. Regular dental checkups help maintain your dental health and keep your smile looking great.
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