Besides brushing your teeth, an important part of your daily oral hygiene should include flossing. While many people do not floss or do not floss regularly, it should become a regular habit because of the extra protection it gives to your teeth.

The Bacteria

In your mouth, and in everyone else’s mouth, there are more than 500 types of bacteria. It is always there, and it is what causes the sticky buildup on your teeth called plaque. Some of the bacteria produce acid when it comes in contact with sugar or carbs.

It is the acid from these bacteria that causes sensitive teeth and eventually cavities. The acid gradually erodes the enamel from your teeth, causing pits and thinner enamel. As the enamel becomes thinner in spots, it will enable some elements of food, such as hot and cold, salt or sugar, spicy, etc., to get direct access to the nerves in your teeth. Teeth that are sensitive reveal that a cavity is on the way.

Brushing your teeth regularly helps to remove the acid from the exposed surfaces of your teeth. Unfortunately, a toothbrush cannot remove the bacteria and acid from in between your teeth. When you do not floss, it means that the surfaces in between your teeth are going to be exposed all the time to the damaging acid.

This is where dental floss comes in. It is able to remove the food particles, bacteria, and acid from between your teeth. Keeping these things out of your teeth will help them to last a long time.

Bad Breath

As the plaque continues to build on and between your teeth, it will also produce certain sulfur compounds. These compounds are what give you bad breath. Flossing will help your breath to stay sweet.

About Tartar

If the plaque is allowed to remain on your teeth for long periods of time because of not brushing or flossing, it turns into tartar. Once it becomes tartar, a toothbrush will not remove it – only a dentist can take it off your teeth.

The tartar becomes filled with the bacteria that cause cavities and acid, and it continues to damage your teeth and gums further. This condition will likely develop gum disease.

Types of Floss

There are several different types of floss, and the type you use will depend on the condition of your teeth. People with normal teeth should use regular dental floss. The wide kind of floss, which is also called dental tape, is better for people who have spaces between their teeth. Floss that does not have wax on it will squeak when your teeth no longer have plaque on them. Water flossers and dental picks are two other types that you may be interested in trying.

The dentists at Global Family Dental can help you and your family obtain the best benefits from flossing correctly. Keeping your smile intact is important to us and we provide full dental and preventive services to keep your smile looking good. Call us today about any questions or to make an appointment.