Flossing can save your life .. Why flossing is so important
Know the reasons why flossing is so important
Most people underestimate the importance of maintaining proper oral hygiene, thinking that the worse that could happen is that they lose one or a few teeth, and they think “so what, I have 32 teeth, what’s the problem with losing one or two?”.
Emerging from that clearly misinformed point of view, we are here to explain the importance of proper oral hygiene, and particularly why flossing is so important.
Our mouths are delicate environments. They are made of teeth (32 in number in a fully grown adult) as well as other tissues as the gums, the bones, the tongue, the muscles and even the cheeks. We have been blessed with 32 teeth for a reason, and each one of these teeth has a purpose in this awesome environment.
Nothing, and we mean nothing, of the new modalities of teeth replacements such as bridges, dentures and implants could even hold a candle to what a natural tooth
can do, but we will talk more about that later on.
Now let’s answer the nagging question: “Why flossing is so important?”
Flossing is the act of cleaning between the teeth. In these areas, food and bacteria tend to gather and multiply, and they are shielded from the action of the tooth brush. It is in those areas that most diseases of the mouth such as gum disease and decay start.
Flossing using different means ( either traditional string floss, floss tape, interdental brushes, air flossers or water flossers) is the only act capable of properly cleaning those shielded areas, and is possibly single-handedly responsible for reducing the chances of developing gum disease.
So let’s get more in detail, here is what could happen if you don’t floss:
So after learning how important is flossing, you might ask yourself “can flossing replace brushing? ”
The hard truth is .. one could not be effective without the other, and neither could do the other’s job. Brushing is responsible for cleaning the visible surfaces of teeth, while flossing can only clean the invisible surfaces between the teeth, so do not think that you can discard one and keep the other.
And so, the next time you are asked the question of why flossing is so important, you are now informed enough to answer.