Every time a patient comes into our clinic for their regular cleaning and check-up, we always ask them if they have been flossing regularly. You might be tired of hearing it, but flossing really is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth.
Brushing simply isn’t enough to keep your mouth healthy and clean. There are many places a toothbrush can’t reach, and flossing is the best way to keep bacteria from accumulating. Do you really want to host a thriving civilisation of microorganisms between your teeth?
If that isn’t enough to convince you, then here are some very practical reasons to start flossing more seriously.
1. Improved gum health – Flossing does wonders to your gums. By removing the pesky bits of food that stay between your teeth and near your gum line, you prevent infection and the development of serious gum diseases. Remember, the early signs of gum disease are easy to ignore, which is why you need to take a proactive stance to avert it.
2. Avoiding bad breath – When you leave tiny bits of food between your teeth, they will eventually contribute to halitosis (the fancy name for bad breath). Even without considering the significant health benefits, this simple fact is enough to convert many non-flossers. Just think; a few minutes of flossing every day may prevent embarrassment during your next date or job interview.
3. Better looking teeth – Your teeth will definitely look whiter and cleaner if you keep flossing regularly. Even if you don’t really notice the plaque and excess food, you’ll be surprised by how much better your smile will look after a few days of consistent flossing. Plus, you prevent tartar build up by removing plaque before it has a chance to harden, so no unsightly stains.
4. More savings – Good dental hygiene helps reduce your medical costs, and flossing is no exception. Would you rather replace a tooth lost due to periodontitis with an implant, or keep your original teeth perfectly healthy and complete?
Flossing, brushing your teeth, and regularly visiting your dentist are the foundations of a good dental hygiene routine. Booragoon Dental Clinic will make sure that your teeth and gums stay in good health. Give us a call, and let’s work together to keep your teeth healthy and dazzling at all times.
^Insured patients should contact their health insurer to discuss their health fund rebates for proposed dental treatment.
*Please note that due to legal obligations all new patients must have an initial examination with their first scale and clean.