Why Your Gums Really Need You to Floss

Most people want to maintain healthy smiles, and even take some of the necessary steps to do so. Almost 70 percent of Americans adults brush their teeth daily, which is one of the keys to preventing problems like cavities and gum disease. Unfortunately, this is not the only crucial aspect of a daily dental hygiene routine. Flossing is just as imperative to maintaining great oral health. Yet only 30 percent of adults, or less, floss their teeth everyday! If you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy, it is important to start flossing regularly.

Why Flossing Is Such Important Preventive Care

As most people already know, twice daily tooth brushing is essential to keeping one’s smile healthy. But brushing, while important, can still leave food particles and bacteria behind, often between teeth where the bristles cannot reach.

By removing more of this bacteria, through flossing, you can help prevent cavities and gum disease, which is caused when the gums become irritated due to exposure to bacteria and acidity. (Don’t forget that regular professional dental cleanings, and in some cases periodontal cleanings are also necessary to keeping your smile healthy and gum disease-free.)

  • If you struggle with how to floss correctly, talk to your dentist at your next preventive appointment about proper technique. Or, take advantage of helpful instructional videos through the American Dental Association, which can teach you the right way to floss.
  • Keep in mind that flossing, like many tasks, takes practice. If it seems cumbersome and time-consuming now, keep practicing. Over time, it will become easier and you will become more efficient. Flossing should only take a few minutes to complete.
  • If your gums bleed while you floss, this is likely indication that your sensitive gum tissue is already irritated and/or inflamed. Do not stop flossing. Instead, continue flossing to help improve the oral health. You should also consider scheduling a dental checkup and cleaning, particularly if it has been more than six months since your last visit.

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