Why Flossing Matters
While brushing is important for keeping the top and surface of teeth clean, flossing cleans where brushing can’t: the spaces between your teeth and between your teeth and gums. Flossing is the only way to make sure those places are actually clean, which can save you unnecessary dental work later!
In fact, flossing is the most important thing you can do to prevent gum disease and tooth loss. Even more important than brushing! Still, only half of Americans floss every day, and that 1 in 10 don’t floss at all!
The main point of flossing is more about removing the plaque, tartar and small particles of food that you probably don’t see. Flossing is the only way to remove plaque, which is bad for your teeth. Plaque is known to cause the tooth decay, gingivitis, periodontal disease and tooth loss.
Flossing also helps prevent constant bad breath, known as halitosis. Halitosis can be caused by tooth decay, which can be caused by skipping flossing. Bad breath can also be caused by plaque buildup, resulting in gum disease in tooth decay.
Flossing is also important for reasons outside of the mouth. For one thing, it reduces the risk of heart disease because flossing and brushing can help remove harmful bacteria before it reaches the cardiac tissue. It can also help you avoid diabetes complications.
There is evidence that gum disease can aggravate diabetes and flossing regularly to remove plaque and tartar is an important part of avoiding it.