Does Flossing Your Teeth Actually Do Anything?

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There seems to be a great deal of debate on the merits of flossing your teeth. Indeed, the debate for and against flossing can become quite heated. Even dental experts have mixed feelings about the topic. So, how is the average person supposed to make an educated decision? If you are asking yourself this very question, please read on, then contact one of our experienced general dentists located in Basking Ridge and Morristown, NJ today for more information.

Does flossing your teeth even work?

Yes, it does. Flossing does forty percent of the work in removing sticky bacteria, or plaque, from your teeth. Every tooth has five surfaces and when we do not floss, we are immediately missing two of these surfaces. Plaque build-up can lead to swollen gums, tooth decay, cavities and gum disease.

As it turns out, researchers have found benefits from flossing in small clinical studies. For instance, an analysis of twelve well-controlled studies found that flossing plus toothbrushing reduced gingivitis significantly better than toothbrushing alone.

What are the benefits of flossing your teeth?

Flossing comes with these five major benefits:

  • Preventative oral care: As previously stated, millions of bacteria and other germs can be found in your oral cavity, stuck in places that brushing alone can’t reach.
  • Prevents tartar build-up: It does not take long for plaque to accumulate on your teeth, which is where flossing comes in.
  • Prevents bad breath: By reaching two additional dental surfaces, you can remove more odor-causing bacteria. Additionally, food debris that is trapped between teeth and the gum line may contain bacteria that cause an unpleasant odor.
  • More effective than brushing alone: We can’t stress enough the importance of brushing your teeth, but brushing alone can miss many crucial oral surfaces, leading to a build-up of bacteria.
  • Prevents gum disease: Plaque does not just stain your teeth, it can lead to the inflammation and infection of your gums, a periodontal disease also known as gingivitis. Flossing can help reduce excess plaque at the base of your teeth, which are particularly vulnerable points of your gums.

Yes, yes, we know. Flossing can seem annoying, time-consuming and pointless, but it may just be the linchpin in maintaining your oral health, especially if you are someone with a family history of less than robust teeth. If you have any questions about this or other areas of dental hygiene, please contact our team today.

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