Flossing Can Help Prevent Bad Breath

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Flossing Can Help Prevent Bad Breath

At Prescott Dentistry, we get it: flossing feels like a chore. But you know what’s even more bothersome than having to floss your teeth every day? Bad breath. If you’re suffering from bad breath  (halitosis), you may have realized how it never seems to go away. But what if we told you that there’s a way to help prevent bad breath and be done with it?

Brushing your teeth and mouthwash both help to prevent bad breath. However, neither of them are a substitute for flossing. Flossing is vital for maintaining oral health, which ultimately will result in the elimination of halitosis. While the lack of flossing is not the sole cause of bad breath, you may be amazed by the results you experience after only a few successive applications.

So how does flossing prevent bad breath?

Removing food particles between your teeth gets rid of odor-causing bacteria. Food particles can get trapped in areas where brushing your teeth simply can’t reach. When these food particles are left in your mouth, bacteria will begin to accumulate and break them down, creating an odor. Removing these food particles stops this process and also removes the bacteria that cause the odor.

Flossing removes and prevents plaque, tartar, and gum disease. Plaque left untouched will turn to tartar and cause gum disease, attracting odor-causing bacteria along the way. Removing plaque helps to eliminate the accumulation of this bacteria.

At the end of the day, the key to solving bad breath is good oral hygiene. In order to promote oral health, you simply have to floss. We encourage you to not see flossing as a chore but rather as a solution to a particularly annoying problem. 

As a holistic dental office, at Prescott Dentistry we employ the best techniques and materials to help our patients avoid more invasive and costly dental procedures now and in the future. Contact us today to join our dental family!


Photo by Philipe Cavalcante on Unsplash 07/15/2019