3 Reasons Why You Really Do Need to Floss

It has happened to all of us. You settle into the dentist’s chair, and the hygienist begins their work. Then comes the question you’ve been dreading: Have you been flossing?

If we’re honest, the answer for many of us is, “Not really.” We flossed a few times after our last dental cleaning, but then drifted out of the habit.

At Silicon Valley Dental Associates in Sunnyvale, California, we think not flossing is a huge mistake, because you and your teeth need it more than you know.

Here are three big reasons why you really do need to floss:

Improve your appearance and breath

You know how you sometimes have a piece of food stuck in your teeth that you don’t realize is there until later? Flossing can help prevent potentially embarrassing moments like that from occurring, which in turn makes your smile that much more beautiful.

More than that, though, flossing improves the health of your teeth (more on that below), which also improves their appearance. Flossing helps prevent the buildup of sticky, yellowish plaque, which keeps your teeth brighter and whiter.

In addition, getting excess food and bacteria out of your mouth keeps your breath much fresher.

Prevent gum disease

Plaque on your teeth can lead to gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. Left untreated, the problem can then progress to periodontitis, a more serious infection that eventually can cause you to lose your teeth.

Flossing helps remove plaque from the areas of your teeth that your toothbrush might not be able to reach, in the process ridding your body of bacteria that could be harmful. Instead of residing in your mouth and gums, the bad bacteria are permanently removed thanks to flossing.

Benefit your overall health

Not only does flossing prevent gum disease, it benefits your overall health. Gum disease is associated with a greater risk of heart disease, along with a greater chance of stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and even respiratory disease.

Because flossing reduces your chance of getting gum disease, it’s also an easy way to lower your risk of serious disease.

We can’t physically make you floss, but we hope these reasons serve as a good kick in the pants to get you back on track and flossing again.

If you’re due for a teeth cleaning or would like more specific pointers on the best methods for flossing your teeth, contact our Silicon Valley Dental Associates office to set up an appointment.

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