So many of us make New Year’s resolutions that center on healthy eating and fitness, yet we often forget about dental hygiene. While it may feel like a chore, flossing can go a long way in preventing far-reaching consequences to your teeth and help you save time and money on dental visits. Yet it is estimated that nearly one-third of Americans don’t bother with it at all. There are a few reasons why flossing at least once a day should be on your list of resolutions for the new year.
1. Avoid Gum Disease
When you skip the floss, you fail to clean between your teeth – prime real estate for pathogens to flourish. This can result in inflammation or bleeding of the gums. Ultimately, it can cause gingivitis, which is often hard to detect in its early stages and can cause potentially life-threatening problems for your heart if left untreated.
2. Prevent Tooth Loss
The amount of plaque build-up between your teeth can be shocking when you go even a day without flossing! The accumulation weakens your enamel and makes your teeth more susceptible to cavities. If you don’t get to your dentist in time, you could possibly face severe tooth decay or even tooth loss.
3. Improve Bad Breath
If you only brush your teeth and avoid the floss, you are allowing the food particles left in the tight spaces between your teeth to breed odor-causing bacteria. Flossing after meals or at least once a day can help you improve bad breath.
4. Make Your Dental Visits Easier
The new year means another dental cleaning is in store! At your next visit, your dental hygienist is likely to get to work on the tartar and plaque build-up, which can sometimes be an uncomfortable process. With daily brushing and flossing, you can prevent this and make your appointments go more smoothly than ever before.
Brushing isn’t enough because it only cleans the surface areas and not between teeth, which is often dangerously overlooked. This year, make it a goal to protect your teeth and strive for a more confident smile by flossing consistently. If you’d like to make an appointment with us, give us a call today!