Jan 19, 2012 12:11 PM
From Star Orthodontics
Why should you floss your teeth every day?
Brushing alone only cleans 65% of the surfaces where harmful bacteria grows. The other 35% can only be cleaned by flossing!
1. Avoid cavities - bacteria in your mouth consumes the left over food particles & produces acid which eats into your tooth enamel, creating a cavity. The only way to rid your mouth of ALL of the acid producing bacteria is to brush AND floss daily. Flossing is the only way to get the bacteria that lives between the teeth and along the gumline.... surfaces you can't reach with a toothbrush!
2. Prevent heart disease - studies show that the bacteria that forms in your mouth is the same bacteria that causes heart disease. If you don't floss, the bacteria that forms along your gumline causes infection and inflammation that allows bacteria to enter your bloodstream and have easier access to your heart. Oral infections can also contribute to strokes & diabetes.
3. Have better breath - bacteria that grows in your mouth produces a rancid scent... and no one likes to talk to a person with bad breath.
4. Stop gingivitis - when you don't floss it leads to build up of plaque and tartar on all of the spots your toothbrush can't reach. This greatly increases your chance to develop gingivitis & periodontal disease (gum disease) which can lead to very expensive dental restorations due to extreme decay, bone loss, and tooth loss.