Dental Flossing – Why You Need to Make it a Matter of Routine

When most of us were being introduced to the idea and practice of oral hygiene, we were told that regular and proper brushing of teeth is all we would need, to maintain optimum oral hygiene. It therefore came as a great surprise when some few decades ago, dentists told us that such regular and proper brushing of teeth is simply one of the things we needed to do to maintain oral hygiene, and that it was by no means adequate by itself. They were to go on and tell us that we need to undertake dental flossing – not occasionally when we felt like it – but rather frequently, as part of our regular dental hygiene routine. For many of us to whom the idea of dental flossing was introduced late in life, we tend to find it being something that we struggle with. But for a number of reasons, which we will now proceed to explore, dental flossing turns out to be something we actually need to make a matter of routine.

The first reason as to why we need to make dental-flossing a matter of routine is because it can save us from the often painful gum diseases. It often comes as great surprise to people who maintain very decent teeth brushing routines to be told that they are infected with gum diseases. In most of these cases, the bacteria causing the gum disease will tend to be those that remain the mouth even after the most thorough brushing of teeth; the sort that can only be eliminated through dental flossing.

The second reason as to why we need to make dental-flossing a matter of routine is because it can save us from halitosis. Halitosis, to the uninitiated, is the condition which is characterized by foul odor emanating from the mouth. Extreme cases of this condition have been known to drive victims into social isolation and subsequently into depression; so it is not something to be taken lightly. Again, it often comes as a great surprise when, in spite of thoroughly brushing your teeth after every meal, you still end up experiencing halitosis.

In most of these cases, it could be residual food particulates and bacteria, which can never be removed by the ordinary tooth-brushing routine that are causing you the problem. Dental flossing can save you here. Sometimes, of course, the halitosis could be due to some other problems deep within your body (the mouth is connected to the tummy, remember). But when solving a problem, it helps to start at the most obvious points. In this case, dental flossing is one of the things you should give a try, in order to see whether your halitosis problem goes away.

Regular dental flossing can save you from dental cavities. Dental cavities, as you will be aware, can be very painful of themselves, and even more painful to treat (as their treatment often involves the drilling of teeth at best, and the extraction of teeth in the worst case scenarios). Although coincidence is not causation, regular and proper dental-flossing has also been noted to have a direct relationship with a lowered chance of heart disease – meaning that you could be looking far beyond the mouth, for benefits of dental flossing.