Most people think that oral health means just brushing your teeth once a day. How wrong they all are. People often forget that poor oral hygiene can lead to other health issues. Oral health is more than brushing your teeth, it has to do with brushing your teeth after meals (especially sugary foods) but most important before you go to bed. When that is done properly you will get more out of your oral health. People think that flossing is not important not knowing that:-
1. Flossing helps us avoid gum disease
Plaque in between teeth and near the gums can accumulate overtime and cause inflammation which progresses to gingivitis which is a gum disease. If gingivitis is not taken care of it may progress into periodontitis which damages the alveolar bone that holds the teeth in the jaw. If this is left to go on, it may eventually lead to teeth loss.
2.Flossing helps reduce the risks of heart disease
Proper oral hygiene may help reduce heart complications (if you suffer from cardiac issues already). The mouth is the entry point to harmful bacteria that may easily reach cardiac tissue. A disease like Infective Endocarditis is one of those (inflammation of a part of the heart) caused by bacteria that enters the body through the mouth.
3.Flossing helps prevent Halitosis
Halitosis is simply BAD BREATH! If you don’t clean the plaque between your teeth it rots and produces a bad smell. Flossing your teeth helps to clean between your teeth and if you do it properly you will never be worried about having bad breath.
4.Flossing helps avoid dental caries
Brushing your teeth alone is never enough. There are places where a toothbrush can’t reach and that’s where flossing comes in. Flossing helps get rid of dental plaque and food debris stored in between the teeth where tooth decay forms.
5.Flossing helps in tartar control
Tartar is embarrassing as it reveals to everyone that you have poor oral hygiene. If plaque accumulates around teeth that are never brushed or flossed it is turned into tartar by the calcifying action from saliva. Tartar may also cause gum disease. Flossing your teeth is a sure tartar control.
6.Flossing helps reduce diabetic complications
Diabetes can be aggravated by gum disease so it is important to brush and floss teeth every day. A diabetics organs heal very slowly which may make tissue inflammation develop more rapidly and especially at the gum level. It is therefore very important to floss your teeth properly.