Flossing? we hate it… How many times have you already heard that lecture from your dentist, that you are not flossing good or often enough? But calm down, your doctor has good reasons to give you that speech and let’s listen to Dr. Emily Craft explain why.
Risk #1 — Gingivitis
Gingivitis explained easy means plain inflamed infected gums. When you don’t floss, literally millions of bacteria hang out in between the teeth, bringing with them infections and causing inflammation — typical picture of gingivitis. It is happening because your body actively disapproves of their presence and is doing its best to get rid of them. In this case, it will be extra blood in the gums to better fight bacteria.
How do you know gingivitis is there?
- Your gums bleed when you brush
- When you floss (even occasionally) you can see blood
Flossing as a weapon against gingivitis
It doesn’t really make much difference if you floss once. The effect of flossing is a long-term one and it mainly depends on you being a regular flosser. To remind you of positive influence of flossing onto entre body health, here is main negative factors neglecting your mouth health can cause:
- You have bleeding gums
- Your gums give up
- Gums start to “run away” from the bacteria
- Gums flap away from the teeth
- A “pocket” is created
- Bacteria get a chance to come closer to your gums and teeth
- Once it is deeper inside the gums, you cannot really help yourself even with flossing and brushing
- Only professional cleaning will be able to help you
- Unfortunately, bacteria can get all the way to the bone
- Gingivitis might involve into periodontal disease
WARNING: Entire process might take up to 20 to 40 years, but think about, do you want to find yourself with a bone issue and a periodontal disease when you are 60, when all you really needed to do was to floss?
Can you fight the periodontal disease when the blow has been dealt?
A lot of people hope to simply put new teeth when the old ones fall away, but that is not the right solution. Once you have a bone issue, it cannot be put back to the state it was in in a healthy mouth. In certain places you can regrow the bones, but the procedure is a very long, expensive and painful one. You really don’t want to do that, just start flossing.
Healthy tips about flossing
- Flossing is just a habit — assign 30 seconds to it;
- When you are waiting for something — floss for 30 seconds;
- You don’t have to do it when brushing your teeth;
- Go baby steps — do it at least once a week, then twice, then make it a daily habit.