Post written by Dental Concepts - visit their site at http://www.dental-concepts.com/. Our oral cavity is such an intricate and complex system that it requires more than one habit to make sure that it is in tiptop shape. We all have been taught to brush after eating and that must have been the most effective campaign material for toothbrushes eversince. However, they are little if not, no popular commercials at all for another important step in dental hygiene: flossing.
Little do we know that flossing, though underrated, is another important habit everyone needs to practice for optimal dental health. Other than removing annoying debris in between teeth, flossing has benefits that transcend what meets the eye.
For one, it reduces the risk of tooth decay. The surface of your teeth extends into those that are sitting on your gumline. And because of the closeness of teeth, toothbrush bristles cannot always reach in between to clean this part of your teeth and that is where plaque usually starts.
Aside from that, plaque not only causes damage to the teeth surface near the gums. It also wreaks havoc on the gums itself. This infection could lead to gingivitis when left untreated which may escalate to periodontitis and other complications.
Dental floss also prevents bad breath. When plaque forms, they have bacteria in them which metabolizes the sugar and the process gives off a bad smell resulting in bad breath. That is apart from the tooth decay and gum problems that plaque causes overtime.
Tartar is the result of the hardening of dental plaque. But unlike plaque which is a colorless film of bacteria, tartar is visible and is made up of minerals from saliva and gingival crevicular fluid. The latter is a present fluid in the crevicular pockets of your mouth which increases when irritation of inflammation is present. This hardened surface is annoying to see. Tartar removal is also a separate dental procedure as tartar is difficult to remove and may cost you more money than how much you would spend for floss in six months. Taking down the cause of tartar which is plaque is the easiest first step in eliminating the problem.
The state of your oral health can predict almost accurately, your overall health. And taking care of your oral cavity is one of the few things you can do to lessen the risk of more of more complicated systemic diseases. Bacteria from your mouth may find its way to your heart leading to or aggravating present cardiovascular diseases. Gum disease is also a risk when a person is diabetic as there is lowered immunity to infection. That is why proper oral care including flossing must be practiced.
Flossing may not be commercially popular but that does not lessen the importance of the habit. The most expensive thing you can floss is your teeth and your overall health.