Flossing is extremely important for maintaining your healthy smile. After Thanksgiving Dinner, you’re sure to get so much food stuck in your teeth you’ll have enough for leftovers. This, of course, isn’t the only time you should floss your teeth but the holiday season is when you experience eating a bit more than normal. Here’s why you should floss more if you’re not doing so already.
Plaque. Plaque acts fast. After skipping a few days, bacteria begins to solidify within your teeth. Plaque starts to harden within only hours of eating and once 48 hours have gone by, the best way to remove cavity-causing plaque is by a professional cleaning.
Gums. Most gums bleed after a good flossing, however, flossing reduces the occurrence of bleeding gums. Once you remove the bacteria from your gum line, your body won’t send blood cells to the area to fight the infection.
Healthy Body. Gum disease is linked to conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and respiratory disease. You’ll cut your risk of serious health conditions by maintaining your gum health. You can even improve on your condition if you’re already affected by keeping your gums clean.
Strong Teeth. Cavities are not fun. Something worse than getting one is getting a cavity in between two teeth. You will save yourself the pain of going under the drill if you continue to remove the bacterial build up in those hard-to-reach areas.
Flossing daily removes about 40% of the work required to remove bacteria and plaque from your teeth. Also, be sure to visit your dentist every six months for a checkup. Continue following Dr. Bruce Silva’s blogs for more tips on maintaining a healthy smile.