Dentists in Bloomfield, NJ Share The Importance of Flossing

Flossing your teeth is one of the many things in life that we all know we should do, yet many people do not do it often enough or at all. There is no question that flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing. Without it, you are only doing half of what is necessary to keep your teeth clean and free of cavity-causing bacteria. But what are the real, nitty-gritty details of why flossing matters so much?
 
To Clean Your Teeth
 
Your toothbrush comes in contact with many surfaces of your teeth—the insides and outsides as well as the biting surface. But what about in between? Just because your teeth touch one another does not mean there isn’t space for bacteria to gather and cause cavities. Have you ever wondered what the point of taking x-rays of your teeth is? So that the dentist can see the areas in between. Checking these areas is vital because, aside from being unable to visualize them directly, the places between your teeth are the easiest and most natural place for cavities to form. Imagine if you didn’t brush your teeth for a week. Not flossing for a week is no different. 
 
To Prevent Gum Disease
 
Aside from being an ideal place for cavities to form, the areas between teeth are usually the starting point for gingivitis and gum disease. When food debris is left behind from lack of flossing, it develops into dental plaque which not only erodes teeth, it begins to irritate and destroy delicate gum tissue. In severe cases, the bone holding the tooth in place can be destroyed, too. Eventually, tooth loss can occur. Hence the popular dentist’s saying “only floss the teeth you want to keep.”
 
To Promote Heart Health
 
It has been demonstrated that there is some correlation between heart disease and periodontal disease. In fact, poor oral hygiene has been identified as a major risk factor for a number of cardiovascular problems. Further, if you have an artificial heart valve, gum disease can be of particular concern. When bacteria are present in large amounts in the mouth, they can sometimes migrate to the blood stream and become dispersed throughout the body. People with artificial heart valves are at risk in this situation due to the high frequency of bacteria colonizing artificial medical devices. 
 
Clearly, flossing is a vital part of any oral health care routine and should be a part of your daily regimen. Doing so will keep your teeth and your entire body healthier. 
 
Ready to schedule an appointment with the best dentists in Bloomfield, NJ? Call The Center for Dentistry of Bloomfield today at (973) 748-0400.
 
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