Why You Should Be Flossing (And What Happens If You Don’t)

Why You Should Be Flossing (And What Happens If You Don’t)
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Flossing is an essential component to maintaining — and improving — your dental health. But countless people don’t floss the recommended amount. In fact, it’s estimated that nearly half of Americans don’t floss every day. But is it really that important?

Here are some of the ill health effects you may experience from lack of flossing that proves you should change your bad habits today.


Gum disease

Gum disease is one of the worst side effects incurred from not flossing. Gum disease is typified by your gums pulling away from your teeth, exposing more of your tooth and leading to potential weaknesses in the tooth structure. Bacteria are able to attack the exposed teeth thanks to the newly exposed pockets. Eventually, gum disease can cause more cavities, mouth pain, bad breath, and even premature tooth loss.

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Tartar buildup

The primary purpose of flossing is to rid your mouth of sticky, hard-to-reach bacteria, known as plaque. If the plaque isn’t removed through flossing between teeth and below the gumline, it will eventually turn to tartar. This thick, hard substance can only be removed by a professional. If it isn’t removed by a dentist, it can cause further tooth damage and pain.


Bad breath

At the end of the day, the bacteria in your mouth is gross. If your mouth has too much bacteria, it will cling between your teeth and result in bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis. This can lower your self-confidence and make the people you love steer clear of giving you a peck on the cheek.


How to floss properly

Flossing is a vital part of your dental care routine. It’s recommended that you perform regular flossing at least twice a day. Start by flossing with a piece that’s 15 to 18 inches long. Wrap the floss around your tooth in a C-shape and slide the floss around the tooth and below the gum line in an up and down motion. Wash, rinse, and repeat.

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