Every six months you visit the dentist and most likely get asked the question “Do you floss everyday”? If you’re like most Americans, your answer is “sometimes”.
Only 40% of Americans say they floss everyday and 20% say they never floss. Flossing is actually very important to your overall health!
According to a recent survey, one-third of people surveyed would rather being doing unpleasant chores than flossing. Fourteen percent would rather clean toilets, nine percent would rather sit in gridlock traffic and seven percent would rather listen to a crying baby on a plane. Goodness! Why do people detest flossing so much? The problem is there is no instant gratification. Unlike brushing, you can’t feel a difference in your teeth before and after flossing so patients don’t think it does anything. So is it REALLY important to floss?
Flossing does about 40% of the work in removing sticky bacteria, food and plaque from your teeth.
It’s important to floss daily so that plaque cannot form because plaque generates acid which causes cavities, irritates gums and leads to gum disease. Gum disease will eat away at your gums and teeth causing your youthful appearance to fade, causes bad breath, bleeding gums, loose and sensitive teeth and receding gums. Gum disease will also attack the bones that support your teeth and the lower third of your face. People who take good care of their gums by flossing and brushing preserve these bones and look better as they age.
It takes about 24 hours for plaque to form in the mouth. It is recommended to brush twice daily and floss once to disrupt the plaque formation, also known as biofilm, build up. If you do a thorough job of brushing and flossing you will not have to worry about gum disease which will help you avoid high dental bills, painful treatment and embarrassing problems with your teeth and smile.