Why FlossOral Care Tips
Posted: August 12, 2016
WHY FLOSS ????
Brushing up on the basics
Let’s start with dental basics.
Flossing reduces plaque, the sticky film that collects at the gumline as a result of eating. This plaque layer harbors lots of bacteria. The ADA estimates that more than 500 species of bacteria can thrive in this plaque. Some are good, but some are bad.
An overgrowth of bacteria can be responsible for common problems such as gingival inflammation, bleeding, tenderness, and bad breath.
Flossing, if practiced consistently and correctly, can help prevent some of these consequences. I believe it prevents the development of gingivitis and subsequent periodontitis. Gingivitis is the inflammation that develops at the gumline when plaque accumulates around the tooth. If left undertreated, it can progress to periodontitis, or gum disease with associated bone loss.
Without flossing and regular dental cleaning visits, periodontal disease may cause early tooth loss. It is also directly linked to chronic systemic illnesses such as low birth weight babies, diabetes and heart disease. Treatment for these types of periodontal diseases can be painful, time-consuming and financially draining. No one wants this, trust me. Gingivitis leads to tooth loss, and tooth loss leads to poor health.