Why Daily Flossing Matters

Why Daily Flossing Matters
Posted on 01/22/2019
Why Daily Flossing Matters

At the pediatric dental office of Dr. Jacob Myers, we’re dedicated to helping the children of East Lansing and Dewitt develop healthy smiles that will last a lifetime. While flossing is often regarded as an additional option to brushing, our pediatric dental team recommends that all of our patients floss their teeth at least once a day, as well as brush twice a day. Normal floss can be difficult for children to handle, but there are plenty of options, including floss picks, that can help your child become comfortable developing this healthy habit from the start. recommend that all of our patients floss at least once a day, as well as brush twice a day. In addition to helping your child develop the dexterity to floss, it’s also important that you model this positive behavior yourself - a recent study showed that 32.4% of adults do not floss at all! Adequate flossing and dental care are imperative to the health of your mouth, as well as the overall health of your body; so here are five different reasons you should be adding flossing to you and your child’s daily dental care routines!

1. A Healthy Mouth Now Is A Happy Mouth Later

Regardless of how well you think you brush your teeth, millions of germs and bacteria could still be lurking around and in between your teeth! In order to eradicate any microorganisms hiding in your mouth, it’s imperative to floss properly at least once a day. Flossing with floss picks or waxed string floss helps to remove food particles and bacteria from the areas that brushing just cannot access, thereby preventing germs from building up in these areas. Regular flossing also keeps bacteria from turning into plaque, a sticky substance that stains and damages your teeth over time. Together, daily flossing and brushing form the baseline of at-home preventative dental care.

2. Flossing Eliminates Tartar

If you regularly skip flossing, it doesn’t take long for plaque to accumulate on your teeth! When plaque is left unremoved, it can harden into tartar. Daily flossing will help to remove plaque from between your teeth and prevent tartar formation at the gum line. While our East Lansing and Dewitt pediatric dentist can help remove some of this build-up during your child’s normal teeth cleanings, it’s important to keep plaque and tartar under control by flossing daily at home.

3. Flossing Keeps Bad Breath At Bay

After you eat, food particles that become trapped in between teeth and in the gum line may contain bacteria that cause bad breath. Daily flossing can help to remove these foul smells from your mouth while keeping your breath fresh and teeth free from leftover bits of grub!

4. Flossing Fights Against Gum Disease

When you don’t properly brush and floss your teeth, you are allowing plaque to build up in the nooks and crannies of your mouth, which can eventually lead to gum disease: the inflammation and infection of the gums. As plaque builds up, it slowly eats away at your soft gum tissue, causing what is known as periodontal disease. An advanced form of periodontal disease, referred to as periodontitis, can result in extreme tooth decay and root canal issues. An effective deterrence to plaque build-up is to remove the bacteria at the base of the teeth – the most vulnerable point of the gums – through flossing.

5. Flossing Keeps Your Teeth Pearly White!

While brushing is great for keeping your teeth clean, flossing can make them even cleaner! Although your child’s teeth may look white on the surface, bacteria and plaque build-up in between your teeth can lead yellowing and decay from the inside out. It’s important to start your dental hygiene routine with flossing to remove/loosen any food debris, followed by gently brushing your teeth and gums for at least two minutes. Lastly, you should encourage your child to finish off their nighttime oral hygiene routine with a fluoride-based mouthwash to really seal the deal, keeping their smile filled with pearly whites!

Get In Touch With Your Dewitt & Least Lansing Pediatric Dentist Today!

By encouraging your child to add flossing to their daily dental care routine, you can rest assured that you are doing everything in your power to help them have a happy, healthy body! For more information on why flossing daily is crucial for your overall well-being, feel free to schedule an appointment with your local pediatric dentist, Dr. Jacob Myers. We look forward to helping you and your child develop healthy habits to last a lifetime!