We are often told as children to brush our teeth both in the morning and before we go to bed, but how many of us were told to floss? If your local dentist is any good, they'll persuade you to floss daily- and for many good reasons.
The toothbrush’s bristles alone won't reach areas of the teeth where food particles get trapped. Left to their own devices and these particles can cause severe damage to the tooth, so to eliminate these scraps, it is essential that you engage with a daily flossing routine.
Still, while most of us already know about the benefits of flossing, most of us are simply too tired to floss our teeth after already spending 2 minutes brushing them. However, if you neglect this part of your dental hygiene, you're only setting yourself up for further complications and illnesses further down the line. So to avoid this, we've listed 10 benefits that flossing regularly can have on your teeth.
1. Flossing stops tooth decay
Tooth decay is a significant health concern in elderly peoples' lives, and one of the main reasons for this is failing to floss after a meal.
Leaving food in the wedges of your teeth will all allow the tartar and plaque- which contains a plethora or harmful bacteria and acids- to destroy your teeth in the form of severe dents and cavities. As Alla Wheeler, an American dental expert explains, "Each tooth has five surfaces. If you don't floss, you are leaving at least two of the surfaces unclean. Floss is the only thing that can really get into that space between the teeth and remove bacteria."
2. Flossing prevents tooth loss
It's no secret that failing to floss can lead to tooth loss, no matter how well you brush your teeth. When food collects in between teeth for a lengthy period, the result can spawn dental decay and many more infections capable of damaging your gnashers.
But the good news is that just a simple floss after a meal can help prevent this and make sure you never have to lose any of your gleaming whites.
3. Flossing aids the health of your gums
Before we continue, you're probably nodding your head at the first couple of points without entertaining the idea of incorporating flossing into your life. Sure, it's a bit of a drag, but see it as a training programme akin to weight training in the gym.
The more you go, the less sore and tired you feel. The same applies to daily flossing. Your gums might bleed at first, but in the long run, you'll see a vast improvement in your dental health.
4. Costly treatments in the future can be avoided
Believe it or not, just one piece of string can determine whether you'll live out the rest of your days with your natural teeth or with implants, so to avoid the latter, start flossing and protecting your natural teeth.
Not only does natural always look better, but you'll also save a lot of money as implants aren't cheap- just ask the British media mogul, Simon Cowell.
5. The general aesthetics of the teeth will improve with flossing
While riding the teeth of any particles unable to be brushed away by brushing, flossing also prevents teeth stains. So keep your self-confidence in check by simply keeping close tabs on your teeth and treating them with the respect they deserve.
We are usually told we are what we eat, or that our body is our temple, and yet we often seem to forget that these mantras also apply to our teeth. Flossing will also save you the embarrassment of someone pointing out that you have a piece of salad wedged between your two front teeth!
6. Flossing will help you age better
As flossing accounts for around 40% of the teeth cleaning process, flossing can help aid a better looking you as you grow older by preventing gum disease. While we often overlook gum disease in the brushing process (there's a reason why dentists remind you to brush the inside and the outside of your guns) it can ruin the fresh aesthetics of your smile if neglected.
It does this by attacking the bones that support your teeth as well as the lower third of your profile. But if your floss, you are not only preserving the appearance of your teeth, you are also helping keep your face in check!
7. Flossing stops bad breath
There's nothing worse than bad breath. It can make a simple exchange with a fellow human being highly uncomfortable and unpleasant, and if you happen to be the one with bad breath, it can make you feel self-conscious and afraid even to open your mouth so take all of this on board and start flossing!
A primary cause of bad breath, however, isn't simply forgetting to brush your teeth or stock up on mints. It's actually forgetting to floss after a meal.
8. Your overall body health will improve with flossing
Flossing isn't only good for our teeth! Research has shown that good dental health is also linked to good oral health. Those with bad oral routines also attract a host of non-dental related illnesses.
These can include being predisposed to heart attacks and strokes. While it may sound preposterous, cleaning our pearly whites on a regular basis can play a role in your overall health in later life.
9. Flossing will decrease the possibility of procedures in later life
How many old people do you know who are now going through a series of complex and nasty-sounding dental procedures? These procedures are painful and invasive and will leave you with a sore mouth well after the surgery.
So get your floss sticks out and prevent this from happening. Remeber: We don't stay young forever.
10. Flossing is easy and healthy, so what are you waiting for?
We know we sound like we're preaching to the choir. After all, how many more words need to go into persuading people to use a small piece of string? Well, quite a lot. And we mean that in the best possible way. The last thing we want is half of America being unable to smile with confidence and charisma!
So invest a couple of dollars in a flossing string, and you're good to go. It won't require hours of your time. Just incoporate it into your daily morning and evening routine, and you'll soon find that removing food particles from your teeth oddly satisfying.