Despite the fact that nearly all of us know we need to floss our teeth, “only 50% of Americans floss daily, 31% floss less than daily, and 18% do not floss at all,” according to reports from the American Dental Association. Many who are not flossing believe that brushing their teeth is enough, but the truth is that a toothbrush, even an electric one, simply cannot get all the food particles and bacteria that are in between the teeth. When left for too long, that bacteria can turn into tartar, which can lead to cavities and gum disease, which potentially could lead to the loss of that tooth. Long story short- flossing helps prevent you from losing your teeth!
Another benefit of getting rid of all of those trapped particles between your teeth is better breath! If you let food sit in your mouth long enough, it will start to rot, and it only makes sense that a foul odor will start to develop as a result. By flossing regularly, those little bits of food will end up in the trash instead of stuck in your mouth!
Although research is still being done, there have been a number of studies that suggest a link between periodontal disease and serious health problems such as heart disease, obesity and high blood pressure. Since regular flossing and brushing help reduce the chances of developing gum disease, then it could, in theory, reduce your chances of developing one of these other diseases as well.
Whether you have tight teeth or widely spaced teeth, there is a product out there that will work for you. Talk to your dentist at your next appointment if you have questions about the right floss for you!