Importance of Dental Flossing

by admin on September 25, 2008

Is flossing necessary for my oral health?

It is surprising that only 12% of the population of a well developed country such as United States of America floss their teeth daily. Even more surprising is the fact that hardly anyone is aware of the necessity of flossing. Some are rather incorrectly inclined to believe that regular brushing is enough to keep their tooth healthy. Let me try enlightening you on the necessity of flossing for good oral hygiene.

A study was carried out 51 twins on the importance of flossing which published in American journal of periodontology (aug 2006). One of them was instructed to just brush and the other to brush and floss. Their dental health was examined before and after the study.The results showed the group that flossed had 38% fewer bleeding gum sites than before the intervention and overall gum bleeding improved by an average of 42%”

Some Flossing facts

  • Brushing sans flossing is comparable to cleaning only 65% of your body leaving the 35% dirty which simply means you are not completely clean.
  • Flossing removes the tiny trapped food particles and also the plaque trapped between the teeth which a tooth brush cannot reach.
  • It also prevents the formation of calculus or tartar which if formed can only be removed by your dentist.
  • Recent studies have indicated flossing reduces the risk of heart attack. Hard to believe? Well, this is attributed to the close relation between gum disease and heart attack. The gum disease is prevented by regular flossing which decreases the risk for heart attack.

What are the harmful effects of NOT Flossing?

If the advantages of flossing are not good enough to encourage you to start flossing, may be knowing the harms of not flossing might be more yielding.

  • The main objective of flossing is to remove the plaque lodged between the teeth. When this fails to occur, the plaque hardens in to tartar which can only be removed by an oral hygienist or dentist.
  • The bacteria present in the tartar (calculus) produce acids which damage your gums and cause swelling:- a condition known as gingivitis.
  • Untreated gingivitis leads to periodontal disease which eventually causes bone resoption and tooth loss.

So, do pickup this good habit which will improve your oral health for the good. Happy Flossing.

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