Good dental health is important to everyone, at all ages throughout life. We all know the importance of brushing and how proper brushing can reduce a variety of dental problems. But, some of us may not be aware of how important flossing is to our dental health. Here are three of the primary benefits for flossing regularly.
Prevents Tarter Buildup:
Flossing is necessary to get at the food particles that become trapped between individual teeth. These area are not accessible by brushing alone, and must be cleaned by flossing. If these areas are not cleaning properly, tarter will begin to buildup. Once tarter has set in, it is very difficult to get rid of without visiting the dentist for a professional cleaning.
As just mentioned, without proper flossing, teeth will begin to buildup tarter, especially in the areas between the teeth. As this tarter hardens, it becomes all but impossible to remove without a professional cleaning. This, of course, means a trip to the dentist, and that cost money. While it is always a good idea to get a professional cleaning from time to time, paying for a cleaning that could have been avoided if flossing had taken place, can be disheartening.
Prevents Other Diseases:
While tarter buildup is the most common problem associated with non-flossing, other diseases can appear as well. Of these, the gum disease known as gingivitis is one of the more common. Again, once these dental ailments begin to appear, you only have one option and that is to see your dental professional for help. This can be avoided if one only takes a few moments every day to floss properly.
If you are not sure how to floss properly, ask your dentist for instructions or do some quick research online. Learning how to protect your teeth through proper flossing is time well spent.