Why should I Floss? What are the Benefits of Flossing?

Patients find it very hard to create the habit of flossing since there is no instant gratification with this action, but flossing does about 40% of the work to achieve good oral health and flossing is the only way to get between the space of your teeth.

Regular use of dental floss removes plaque, helping to prevent the build-up of plaque, which can lead to tartar. Simply flossing your teeth can make them look brighter by removing plaque and excess food particles that you may not see in the mirror or in areas that your toothbrush doesn’t reach. It also helps prevent tooth decay and can reduce your risk of developing gum disease by removing plaque.

So, How does flossing help?

While periodontal disease is not the primary cause for pulpal death, chronically unhealthy gums can increase your risk of losing your teeth or needing a root canal. And even though twice-daily tooth brushing is essential for good oral hygiene, brushing alone may not protect you from gum disease and the tooth loss that can result.

Many people who suffer from sensitive or bleeding gums may be tempted to avoid flossing for fear of making their bleeding gums worse. But in fact, flossing can improve the health of your gums, thereby helping to prevent them from bleeding.

Flossing might also be an overlooked fountain of youth. Gum disease can ruin the youthful aesthetics of your smile by eating away at gums and teeth. It also attacks the bones that support your teeth and the lower third of your face. People who preserve the height of that bone by flossing look better as they age.

How to choose the Right Dental Floss?

Most floss is made of either nylon or Teflon, and both are equally effective. People with larger spaces between their teeth or with gum recession (loss of gum tissue, which exposes the roots of the teeth) tend to get better results with a flat, wide dental tape. If your teeth are close together, try thin floss.

Either way, it does not matter which floss you choose, the most important thing, though, is to choose floss you’ll use.

Brushing or flossing alone is not sufficient and at Corné Smith Dentistry, we suggest seeing our Oral Hygienist at least every six months for a deep clean and an update on your teeth and oral health.

Contact Corné Smith Dentistry in Claremont, Cape Town to take care of all your dental needs.