Published: Aug 04, 2015 | By: Richard Caven
Aside from seeing a dentist for a professional teeth cleaning at least once every six months, there's a daily routine you should stick to at home to maintain good levels of oral hygiene. This recommended routine includes brushing your teeth at least twice per day and, perhaps just as important, flossing at least once per day. Yet, it's estimated that up to 80 percent of all people don't floss. Further studies state that the majority of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss their teeth.
Apparently, 80 percent of the population who deem flossing as such an inconvenience don't mind gum disease and more cavities over time. Yes, flossing is that important. Here's a closer look at why it's such an important part of oral care.
Flossing is intended to remove excess plaque and food from the spaces between the teeth, as well as the area where the base of the teeth meet the gums - areas where the bristles of the toothbrush are unable to effectively reach. Here's a look at what may happen if you fail to floss on a daily basis:
Now that we've covered a bit about the importance of flossing, here's a look at some tips for maximizing its effectiveness when you do:
Now that you know a bit about the importance of flossing and the role it plays in oral health (not to mention full-body health), no more excuses! Flossing only takes a few minutes is easy to do and the benefits clearly outweigh the cons.
For more information on the importance of flossing, contact Caven Dental today.
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