Have you been forgoing flossing because you feel like it’s unnecessary or you can’t make enough time for it in your oral hygiene routine? You’re probably doing your smile an injustice. Here’s the harm that can happen when you don’t floss every day.
Floss is an essential tool for removing the sticky plaque film from the places that your toothbrush either can’t reach – such as between the teeth – or can’t clean well, like along the gumline. When you don’t floss, the plaque will calcify, turning into a hard substance called tartar that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. If you have tartar buildup on your teeth, you will need to see your dentist to have a professional cleaning to eliminate it.
Plaque and tartar contain harmful oral bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. So, if these substances accumulate in a patient who does not floss, they can cause serious consequences for your oral health and require a more extensive treatment from your dentist, such as a filling, crown or periodontal treatment.
Even if you are a daily flosser and twice-daily brusher, you still need to see your dentist every six months for exams and cleanings. You still may not be clearing away all of the plaque and tartar even if you are very conscientious about your oral hygiene regimen. A professional hygienist using specialized instruments can access parts of your smile that are particularly difficult for you to reach on your own. You should be sure to use correct technique when you floss so that you are cleaning those spaces as thoroughly as possible. These routine check-ups also give you an opportunity to check in with the professionals to get a refresher on the proper method for flossing.
Failing to floss can have serious consequences for your oral health. Make sure you add this daily habit into your oral hygiene routine. Check in with one of our experienced hygienists to make sure that you’re using the right technique and getting the maximum benefit from your flossing.