Flossing is an essential part of a healthy dental hygiene everyday routine. Over time, accumulating bacteria in between our teeth can cause serious health problems. Unfortunately, not all of them can be removed with a toothbrush.
According to multiple surveys, around 7 out of 10 people brush their teeth twice a day. However, only some 4 out of 10 surveyed respondents floss regularly, and about 20% of people don’t floss at all.
But what exactly happens when you don’t floss every day?
1. A layer of plaque starts accumulating
Plaque is a mix of organic tissue and harmful bacteria that finds shelter on the surface of our teeth. While a thin layer of plaque is completely normal, continuously failing to remove food particles from in between your teeth can create excessive amounts of the substance. Over time, the thick layer of plaque starts hardening, which makes it hard to remove. Under this layer, harmful bacteria start spreading, spreading decay to the inner layers of the tooth.
2. Gums start bleeding
If you floss after a long break and your gums start bleeding – this might be a strong indication of a gum disease. The instinctive reaction to bleeding gums might be to stop flossing – but this would only worsen the situation by allowing the bacteria to spread further. Instead, even if your gums bleed a little, it is recommended to gently floss in between all of your teeth at least once a day.
3. Bad breath starts developing
Not flossing regularly is the straightest way to developing a foul odor from your mouth. Small food particles that you fail to remove with a toothbrush can cause an unpleasant smell by themselves, but it’s the thick layer of plaque and the tooth decay underneath it that really cause a smell that makes you and everyone around you uncomfortable.
4. Additional problems during pregnancy
Pregnant women often experience a hormonal disbalance, which can leave their teeth especially vulnerable to dental diseases. Since, during pregnancy, women tend to consume more carbohydrates and frequently experience morning sickness, flossing is essential to keep their teeth healthy, even though their gums might be a little more sore than usual.
We know it can be difficult to properly floss everyday. However, flossing is key preventing in preventing the majority of common dental diseases. Develop healthy habits today and save yourself the visit to the dentist’s tomorrow!