We all know that good oral health is a big part of maintaining our overall health. And while most of us brush our teeth twice a day, flossing may not come as naturally. But it should. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), we should be flossing our teeth at least once a day. What’s more, it might actually be more important to our oral health than brushing.
Brushing or Flossing?
The truth is, when it comes to brushing and flossing our teeth, both are needed for optimal health. But if it comes down to an either/or scenario, many dentists assert that flossing is actually more important –provided it’s done correctly. Why? Well, the act of brushing and flossing remove the buildup of plaque, which contains bacteria that, when they’ve overstayed their welcome, can weaken the enamel on our teeth, leaving them vulnerable to cavities.
While brushing only removes plaque from the front and back of your teeth, flossing gets into those hard to reach areas between each of your teeth and under the gums. These areas are where the most destructive bacteria hide. Letting them colonize can lead to gingivitis, gum disease and tooth decay.
Flossing and Your Health
Incorporating flossing into your daily oral hygiene routine will go a long way to help you keep your gums and teeth healthy. What’s more, this simple act is good preventative overall health care. After all, it has been suggested that poor oral care might lead to serious health problems, like heart disease, and diabetes.
So the next time you grab your toothbrush, consider reaching for your dental floss, too. Start flossing at least once a day. It’s a simple habit worth forming that will improve your breath, smile and overall health.