Even though it’s an essential part of any dental routine, most people don’t floss as much as they should. Most people overlook it when taking care of their teeth, and the most common advice dentists have to give their patients is to start flossing more regularly. In fact, the American Dental Association says that only four out of ten Americans floss on a daily basis.

 

Hamilton Dental Associates looks to serve all of your dental health needs in Mercer County, NJ, and the surrounding areas, and that includes educating you on why flossing is so important. We answered a few of the most frequently asked questions about flossing to emphasize why it is so crucial to keeping your teeth clean.

What does flossing do that brushing doesn’t?

While brushing is important and should still be done twice a day, it doesn’t always reach every part of your mouth. Flossing is the only way to get any food and bacteria out from between your teeth. Not only will your mouth be cleaner, but you will have better breath, too. All this helps in “Smile Management”, which is what we specialize in here at Hamilton Dental Associates.

What happens when bacteria builds up as a result of not flossing enough?

The body has an immune reaction within the gums to fight off plaque, which is why your gums may bleed when brushing or flossing. The problem is that the bleeding allows the plaque and bacteria to enter your bloodstream and have the bacteria flow into other parts of your body.

Are there any serious long-term effects of not flossing?

Yes, and they are much more serious than you might think. The bacteria that enters your bloodstream can reach other parts of your body, and has been linked to cardiovascular disease, lung problems such as pneumonia, Alzheimer’s, and rheumatoid arthritis. If all this sounds scary, remember that this is without the unspoken consequence of your teeth rotting and falling out.

How do I know if I need to floss more?

If your gums are bleeding when you brush, it might be a good idea to start regularly flossing. The dentists and Hamilton Dental Associates recommend flossing as often as you brush your teeth: at least twice a day. If you have other questions about flossing or if you need a cavity fillings in Mercer County, NJ, and its surrounding areas, schedule an appointment with Hamilton Dental Associates, and we’ll have your teeth clean and bacteria-free.