Flossing your teeth should be done daily, since it represents an important part of our oral hygiene. We know already that brushing is essential, however, we also have other parts of the mouth that should be taken care of as well. Areas such as the tongue, and the inside part of our cheeks. Both of these parts help us to remove food from our teeth in a process called autocleaning. But there is one more area that is even harder to reach. What is the only place we can’t adequately reach with our tongue nor our cheeks? The answer is simple; it’s between our teeth. That is why we encourage you to imagine what it would be like to let those places go without an appropriate cleaning routine for several days, weeks or even months. Our body´s temperature and humidity alone would surely cause undesirable odors. So, here is a list of several reasons why you should use dental floss daily.
A tooths’ enamel is extremely rough and resistant. As seen in the picture below, the separation between the nerve and the chewing surface is considerable. Yet, it is not the same for the interdental layer; it has much less enamel, approximately 2.5 mm. That is why cavities usually appear in these places, they develop faster and are more aggressive. This type of cavities is called interproximal.
- Expensive treatments
Most interproximal cavities are due to lack of cleaning between teeth. These types of cavities are harder to detect and they require invasive and more expensive treatments. This is why they are the main cause of dental endodontics (root canals).
- Gum bleeding.
Gum bleeding is almost always caused by one thing, inflammation. Inflammation is caused by the presence of bacteria and the only way to remove it is by flossing. However, if bacteria has already built up into dental tartar, you have to go to a dental professional so you can get an adequate deep cleaning to remove the tartar. Once this is done, you need to use dental floss daily so tartar does not build up again. At Somos dental we can take good care of your teeth and we have four different locations you can go to: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa, and Camelback.
- I have tight interdental spaces and dental floss will not enter
The problem here is the type of dental floss. There are thinner and more flexible dental flosses available. For a more detailed information on which type of dental floss is the most appropriate for your mouth, you can schedule a dentist appointment. We can answer all your questions and provide you will information specific to your dental health.
- I do not have enough time
This excuse, is just that, an excuse. People have time for the things that are important to them. Also we aren’t even telling you to use dental floss three times a day! We are telling you to use it at least before going to bed, which honestly will only take you about 3 minutes at the most. We definitely believe that your teeth’s health is worth the time.
- I am too lazy to floss
If this the reason you don’t floss, then you have a big problem, since by being lazy and not flossing you can develop an interdental cavities. At that moment you will have to invest a lot of time and money to solve your problem. That is why it is advisable to prevent unnecessary dental work, even if this means taking 3-5 minutes of your time.
- Flossing separates my teeth
This is a misconception and myth, dental floss does not separate teeth. Flossing actually prevents teeth from separating, since it removes the food between your teeth and gums that cause inflammation and separation.
Hopefully you will consider these points and make flossing an important part of your dental health routine if you haven’t yet!