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“Do you floss on a regular basis?” is probably a question you’re asked every time you go to the dentist. And that’s because it’s crucial! Many people dislike the sensation of putting a piece of floss between their teeth and, as a result, skip flossing as part of their daily teeth cleaning practice. However, cleaning your teeth isn’t always enough to remove plaque and prevent cavities. Flossing should be part of your daily routine since it helps you keep a healthy smile by maintaining your teeth and gums and protecting you from other ailments.


Why isn’t brushing sufficient on its own?


Although the tooth has five surfaces, your toothbrush can only reach three of them. Because the two undisturbed surfaces are so close to the sides of other teeth, food can easily become lodged between them. When food gets lodged in these crevices, it produces a breeding habitat for bacteria, which leads to plaque formation. Floss comes in help here because, as an interdental cleaning instrument, it can penetrate into these small places and remove up to 80% of plaque.


Here are 4 reasons why you should be flossing your teeth every day:


Keep your gums healthy.


Plaque and bacteria can readily accumulate when flossing is neglected. If they are not adequately removed, germs will eventually begin to irritate gum tissue, which will worsen as bacteria levels rise. If left untreated, this can lead to Gingivitis, a periodontal disease characterized by red and puffy gums that bleed readily.


Keep your teeth healthy.


In addition to creating irritation, germs between your teeth will eat away at your tooth enamel, resulting in a cavity. Flossing will eliminate this plaque and help to avoid the growth of dangerous bacteria. Flossing on a regular basis is an excellent technique to inspect your mouth for potential cavities, as well as swelling or redness. It will help brighten your teeth by removing plaque and excess food that you may not notice in a mirror.


Flossing defends against additional diseases.


Bacteria in an unhealthy mouth can affect the rest of your body if left untreated. Gingivitis can enter the circulation and spread to other regions of the body, causing heart disease, diabetes, and lung problems. Flossing takes only a few minutes out of your day yet has significant long-term health advantages.


Flossing is beneficial to your overall health.


Although brushing your teeth after each meal may be inconvenient, flossing after a meal is simple and can be done anywhere. Regular flossing not only helps you practice good dental hygiene, but it can also help you maintain a balanced diet and lifestyle by making you less likely to snack after eating.