We’ve heard it all before. I don’t have time to floss. I always forget. It hurts. I’m no good at flossing. Whatever your excuse is for skipping your daily flossing, it’s time to start up the habit again and stick with it. Most changes to your oral health care routine will have immediate benefits, so you feel rewarded and want to continue. Flossing takes some dedication since the rewards aren’t immediately apparent. For the first few days you are flossing properly, you will likely experience some soft tissue inflammation and discomfort. However, this should improve after about a week of diligent, daily flossing, and you’ll begin to notice improvements in your oral health, especially at your six month exams. Flossing reduces the risk for gum disease and tooth decay. One other change many patients notice when they start flossing daily is improved breath. In this post, we’ll discuss how adding flossing to your at-home preventive dentistry routine can improve your breath and overall oral hygiene.
How Flossing Prevents Bad Breath
One of the most common causes of bad breath is plaque buildup. While it may be a bit gross to think about, your mouth is filled with living bacteria. These bacteria help your body to break down foods and beverages into nutrients the body can absorb. Bacteria are living organisms. Unfortunately, that means when they break down nutrients, they excrete waste. The sticky, acidic byproduct of bacteria is typically referred to as plaque. When plaque isn’t removed regularly, it sticks to teeth and causes microscopic pieces of your foods and beverages to be stuck to teeth as well. Imagine the smell of rotting food and organic waste…that’s what you’re smelling when you have bad breath caused by plaque buildup. To prevent bad breath, you need to brush and floss each day
Why Flossing is so Important
A thorough tooth brushing routine can remove the majority of plaque and food from your teeth. To clean between the teeth and around the gums, brushing is not enough. Flossing removes stuck on materials between teeth and below the gums where they can accumulate causing bad breath and leading to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
Meet the Breckinridge Dental & Orthodontics Team
At Breckinridge Dental & Orthodontics, we have a team of dentists on hand to offer exceptional dentistry services and quality care for every patient we treat. Our Richardson dentistry team takes the time to educate patients about their oral health and hygiene and help them make the most of their daily dental care routines. We will be happy to show you easy flossing techniques to keep your teeth healthy, and we can even help you choose a flosser that works for you if you have difficulty with traditional floss. If you ever have questions about flossing, need help with chronic bad breath, or you’re just ready to schedule a visit with our friendly dentistry team, please give us a call. Our state-of-the-art Richardson dental office provides comprehensive cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dentistry and orthodontics for every member of the family all under one roof.