Don't Bleed Everywhere At Your Next Dentist Check Up—FLOSS!

by Terrence Mills

Sometimes, people brush their teeth twice a day, but don't floss regularly. It might be obvious when they go in for an appointment with the dentist for a checkup and their gums bleed once the dentist flosses their teeth. It's really easy to promise to be better next time, but unless flossing is a habit, it could be hard to remember and keep those promises. So what should you know about flossing besides the fact that you should do it?

What is the Big Deal about Flossing?

Aside from bleeding profusely at every dental visit, what is the big deal about flossing?  Flossing allows you to clean places in your mouth that your toothbrush can't reach. It removes food and plaque from between teeth and prevents tartar build up.

Additionally, flossing can help eliminate bad breath. If you don't floss regularly, food particles can be trapped between your teeth and give off a foul odor as the food rots. Foods can release sulfurous compounds (rotten egg smell), isovaleric acid (sweat smell), putrescine (rotten meat smell) skatole (human feces smell) or cadaverine (the smell of decomposing bodies). Bad breath can be an embarrassing thing to deal with, especially if you are particularly close to someone.

Flossing for Long-Term Health

Other than preventing tartar build up, bad breath and promoting overall oral health, flossing regularly can prevent a myriad of diseases. Bacteria that flourish in the mouth can promote the risk of heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illness. Over 25 million American suffer from diabetes, and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Flossing is an easy and inexpensive way to prevent these diseases and promote overall health.

Flossing for Life

The ADA recommends flossing at least once a day, but you can always floss more often. It doesn't matter what kind of floss you use, waxed or unwaxed, threaded floss or floss tape, as long as you are getting between your teeth, cleaning out food and bacteria and increasing blood flow to your gums.

Next time you go to the dentist you won't have to shift uncomfortably in your chair when he asks you if you've been flossing, and you won't have to deal with both the immediate consequences or the more serious long term consequences. Get more tips on how to take better care of your oral health by talking to dental clinics such as Southgate Dental Centre.