Benefits of Flossing in Prescott
In the last few years, there has been some debate in the news about the effectiveness of flossing. However, dental experts agree that even if there isn’t a lot of strong scientific evidence, it doesn’t mean there are no benefits of flossing. As dentists, we can immediately tell the difference between a patient who flosses and one who doesn’t. So here at Prescott Dentistry, we want to remind you that you should still be flossing at least once a day. Here’s why:
Flossing Helps Prevent Tooth Decay
Proper flossing removes the plaque that can build up between the teeth. Plaque formation leads to tooth decay and dental caries (cavities). Unfortunately, toothbrushes are not effective at reaching this thin space between the teeth.
Flossing Helps Prevent Gingivitis
Gingivitis occurs from an immune-mediated inflammatory response in the presence of a bacterial biofilm between the teeth. Simply put, this means that as bacteria builds up between the teeth, it releases toxins that irritate the gums, causing a response from your immune system. As a result, the gums become red and swollen. They may also bleed with brushing and flossing. Gingivitis is a serious condition because it can lead to periodontitis and tooth loss if not treated properly. Flossing daily helps to remove the bacterial growth between your teeth that can contribute to gingivitis.
Flossing Improves Breath
Food debris and bacteria trapped in between the teeth can cause foul odors. Flossing daily can help remove these particles of food and bacteria, which will not only freshen your breath, but will also help keep your smile more beautiful. Be sure to check out our recent post on other natural ways to fight bad breath.
Don’t just take our word for it! The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends interdental cleaning, such as flossing, as an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. Here’s what they had to say in response to the debate about flossing: “Cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. Interdental cleaning is proven to help remove debris between teeth that can contribute to plaque buildup.”
To experience the benefits of flossing, it’s essential to do it correctly. Improper technique can damage the gums and/or be ineffective. In our next post we’ll explain proper, effective technique. And as a reminder, flossing is not a replacement for the rest of your oral hygiene routine. If flossing is included with good brushing and regular dental cleanings done by our staff here at Prescott Dentistry, it will go a long way to helping your teeth and gums stay healthy, strong, and beautiful.
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