The Multiple Benefits of Flossing Your Teeth
Is your breath grossing everyone out around you? Bad breath is a turn off for so many reasons, and one of the leading causes of bad breath is tartar buildup and gum disease. As scary as these dental conditions sound, the good news is that you don’t have to offend anyone with your bad breath as long you start flossing regularly. Keep reading to learn all the benefits of flossing brought to you by your trusty North Pole, AK, dentist.
Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes
Many people are surprised to hear that diabetes and flossing affect each other. However, when your gums are inflamed and infection spreads through the body, this causes your body to resist insulin and even causes blood vessel damage. When your gums are inflamed, this is a sign of periodontitis. Flossing is an excellent way to prevent periodontitis and when there’s no risk of gum disease, the risk of diabetes from oral health problems goes down dramatically.
Fix Your Bad Breath Problem
Back to the bad breath situation. It might seem like your Alaska dentist is repeating themselves, but it bears repeating. Neglecting your teeth and avoiding flossing is not good. It means that food residue and other substances sit on your teeth and eventually turn into a tough layer of tartar that’s hard to get rid of. Many people think that brushing is enough, but even the best toothbrush can’t get into those hard to reach areas between and behind teeth like flossing does.
When you combine flossing with brushing, you’ll have fewer cavities. That’s because there won’t be tartar stuck between your teeth causing decay. You’ll enjoy a healthy smile and won’t have to worry about the expense or hassle of taking care of cavities.
Pleasant Dental Visits
Do you dread visiting the dentist? Is it because every time you go you spend a long time in the dental chair getting poked and prodded? Do you leave the office with a sore mouth? Usually, the reason for such unpleasant dental visits is that you have a lot of tartar on your teeth that the hygienist needs to get off. If you have 6 months, 12 months, or even a years’ worth of tartar on your teeth, even the best dentist is going to have to work hard to clean those teeth. Flossing twice a day cuts down on the amount of tartar on your teeth and makes your mouth better prepared for dental visits.
A Whiter Smile
Are you envious of people with those bright, white smiles? Have you tried whitening your teeth but still have a yellow rim on the tops of your teeth? That yellowing is likely tartar. When you floss daily, there’s less of a chance that you’ll have uneven whitening.
There are plenty of flossing products on the market to make it easier to take care of this essential dental hygiene task. Some people don’t like using regular dental floss. In this case, why not try disposable flossers? They’re easy to use and they travel well. Put some in your purse, car, or even your wallet to always have floss handy when you need it.
For more information about the benefits of flossing, contact your friendly dentists at the North Pole Dental Workshop.