Flossing needs to get a new publicist. After all, brushing is the aspect of the oral care regimen that’s usually in the spotlight. Whether everyone realizes it or not, flossing is very significant in its own right.
In fact, regular flossing can even be a lifesaving act. Keep reading to learn why daily flossing matters so much for your oral health and your future, in general.
What Happens If I Don’t Floss My Teeth?
You can brush your teeth ’til the cows come home – if you aren’t flossing as part of your oral hygiene routine, you’re just asking for trouble. First of all, food particles will accumulate between your teeth, which causes a sticky buildup of germs and bacteria.
When this film isn’t removed by regular flossing, you can develop bad breath and tooth decay. Also, the bacteria accumulate along and beneath the gumline to eventually cause periodontal (gum) disease. And this is only the beginning.
How Does Periodontal Disease Affect My Body?
Each time you go for a dental checkup, your dentist looks for preliminary stages of gum disease. This is important to identify early on since it is directly linked to numerous conditions that can occur throughout your body that can be serious or even life-threatening. Here are some consequences to consider:
- Cancer: Periodontal disease has been linked to cancer located in the kidneys, pancreas, and blood.
- Complications During Pregnancy: Any infection is a potential threat to a pregnant woman and her child. If bacteria in the gums reach the bloodstream, this is a potential trigger for premature labor and low birthweight.
- Respiratory Disease: Oral bacteria can move to your lungs and cause you to contract infections like pneumonia.
- Diabetes: When a person has gum disease and diabetes, it makes each condition more severe. Advanced periodontal disease can raise blood sugar, which makes diabetes more difficult to control. Elevated blood sugar weakens the immune system and makes it tough to fight off oral infections.
- Heart Disease: Research has shown a direct connection between gum disease and heart disease. This includes many serious conditions like heart attacks and strokes.
The next time you are getting ready to brush your teeth, remember what’s at stake and make some time for flossing, too. You’ll have fewer cavities and fresher breath, plus you’ll live longer and feel better along the way!
About the Author
Dr. Raj Vekariya has always prioritized ensuring that his patients feel comfortable during their treatments. He enjoyed going to the dentist as a boy and getting prizes for his oral care efforts. The office was located right beside his father’s pharmacy, and soon he was visiting even when he didn’t have a cleaning scheduled. That interest only grew, and Dr. Vekariya began attending dental school almost immediately after high school graduation. He hopes that you are consistent about brushing and flossing so that you’ll pass your biannual dental exam with flying colors – maybe you’ll get a prize like he used to. To schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (724) 300-3700.