When your dentist asks you whether or not you are flossing daily, if you are like most American adults, you internally cringe. Everyone knows we should be flossing for our oral health, but a recent survey found that only 50.5% of American adults floss on a daily basis. 19.5% of adults never floss.
In addition to reducing the likelihood of needing dental surgery, here are 3 reasons why you should be flossing on a daily basis:
- Flossing cleans places your toothbrush cannot reach. In between each of your teeth, the bacteria that accumulates can cause more damage than anywhere else on your teeth. Only flossing can remove this bacteria. If you do not floss regularly, the plaque between your teeth will cause gum disease and cavities, as well as eat away at your tooth enamel.
- It prevents your gums from bleeding. Many people choose not to floss because it makes their gums bleed, but this is the opposite of what you should be doing. With daily flossing and brushing, bleeding gums will disappear within a few weeks. If they don’t, then you’ll need to consult with your dentist to determine if you have gum disease.
- It could save your life. A multitude of recent research has demonstrated a direct link between gum disease and heart disease. Although researchers are uncertain of why, people who have gum disease are twice as likely to have heart disease. By flossing, you could be preventing much more serious health conditions from developing down the road.
Even if you haven’t been flossing regularly, it’s never too late to adopt proper oral health practices, and it starts with a visit to the dentist. At Southfield Family Dental Center, your smile is important to us. From oral surgery to cosmetic dentistry, we offer a wide range of services to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. Contact us today to request an appointment!