Most of us don’t like doing it – in fact, only around a quarter of us practice it daily. And that number depends on who’s telling the truth to their dentist!
We’re talking about flossing your teeth: the simple dental ritual that only takes a couple of minutes and offers multiple benefits to your oral health. Many people view it as a nuisance. If you’re one of the many who feel this way, you’re not alone.
But while the act of flossing may not be the most enjoyable activity in the world, we’re not kidding when we say there’s some incredible benefits that come with doing it regularly! Here are some of them…
Flossing helps prevent gum disease
Flossing helps by removing plaque, a sticky film of bacteria and saliva. This film collects below your gum line and can eventually harden into tartar. If the bacterial plaque is left to multiply and grow, it can cause receding gums, tooth decay and tooth loss, amongst other things.
Flossing reduces your chance of bad breath
No one enjoys having bad breath or – worse – being on the receiving end of someone who has bad breath. The quick, easy act of flossing can help to eliminate bad breath by removing the food particles stuck between your teeth – particles unreachable by brushing alone.
More effective than brushing alone
Brushing and flossing work in harmony to maintain your oral wellbeing. If you only brush your teeth, you’re missing up to 35% of your teeth’s surfaces. That’s because the bristle of your toothbrush can only reach so far! Unlike the toothbrush, floss is able to effectively dislodge food stuck in the tight, tiny spaces of your teeth.
So next time you reach for your toothbrush, remember to reach for your floss. The simple habit of flossing at least once a day may not only improve your smile, but your overall health too!