While it often takes a back seat to brushing, flossing is an essential part of your oral health care routine.
70% of Americans brush their teeth twice a day, but only 50% of Americans floss daily. In reality, flossing is even more important than brushing. While brushing helps clean the surface of your teeth, flossing removes the bacteria that builds up in the gaps between your teeth and gums where the toothbrush can’t reach.
Flossing has obvious aesthetic benefits: it makes your teeth look cleaner, whiter, and smoother, and it improves your breath.
The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to maintain oral health. Flossing prevents gum disease, tooth decay, plaque buildup, and cavities, which in the long run helps you avoid expensive dental procedures. According to the American Heart Association, patients with gum disease have a 2.6 times greater risk for heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. Statistics show that life expectancy is increased on average by five years for people that floss daily. Flossing can save your life!
Remember, if you run out of time to both brush and floss, floss first to maintain dental hygiene. Then, visit Three Rivers Dental for a cleaning!