Flossing should not be considered an optional oral care routine. According to our Dentists in Langley, it is just as important and imperative as brushing your teeth. Flossing cleans the space between your gums and teeth, playing a major role in removing harmful plaque bacteria that can lead to tartar – or worse – decay.
Tartar can also lead to gingivitis, which is something we have blogged about before, but seems worth repeating. Gingivitis causes your gums to become red and swollen, and is the first stage to a potentially more damaging disease – periodontitis.
Periodontitis can occur if you let tartar build up beneath your gums without having it addressed. Periodontitis is a severe gum disease resulting in severe inflammation, and eventual tooth loss and bone loss along with it.
Even with the use of an electric toothbrush or anti-bacterial mouthwash, those oral care products alone still cannot reach the space between your teeth and gums that require additional attention that floss provides.
Prevention is Key
Tooth decay and gum disease can both discolour your teeth as well as cause bad breath, but in addition to that, bacteria can harm the rest of your body also, with some studies even showing it can lead to heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illness. By maintaining your oral health, you can also assist in better maintaining your overall health.
Floss to ensure that you address the plaque before it turns into tartar. Plaque is a sticky, soft substance that you can remove with floss, but once it has turned into tartar, a hygienist must remove it with a metal scraping tool.
The best health approach is taking preventative measures before health issues actually arise. By flossing regularly, and including it in your daily dental care routine, you can better ensure a healthy mouth and healthy body.
At DentistsRUs, we have a variety of Langley dentists and other dental professionals throughout the Lower Mainland who can provide you with a dental checkup and cleaning. See our list below, and call to ask about your options or to secure an appointment!
Burnaby Sedation & General Dentistry | 250 – 3433 North Rd. Burnaby, BC | View
Langley Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 – 19978 72nd Avenue Langley, BC | View
Tri-City Sedation & General Dentistry | #1412-2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC | View
Coast Meridian Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 3380 David Ave, Coquitlam, BC | View
New Westminster Sedation & General Dentistry | 243-800 Carnarvon St. New Westminster | View