The importance of brushing and flossing

By Metro Creative

Brushing and flossing ensures the removal of plaque and bacteria, which are culprits in tooth decay and gum disease. Periodontal disease is caused by a buildup of such bacteria and plaque. Brushing removes materials from the surface of the teeth, while floss gets in between teeth where toothbrush bristles cannot reach.

The American Dental Association says that a combination of brushing and flossing is the key to good oral health. While both brushing and flossing are necessary, some oral health experts says that, if done correctly, flossing actually may be slightly more important since it gets to hard-to-reach spots where the most destructive microbes live.

Oral hygiene does not just keep the mouth clean; it also can prevent serious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says extensive research shows that the bacteria that flourish in an unhealthy mouth can harm the rest of the body, potentially contributing to diabetes, respiratory illness and heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States.

Brushing and flossing also can make dental cleanings and examinations go smoothly. Plaque is the precursor to tartar and is sticky, but soft and pliable. Tartar forms when plaque has been left undisturbed. Once on teeth, tartar can’t be removed without professional help. By removing plaque before it’s had a chance to harden into tartar, people can reduce time spent in the dentist’s chair. Furthermore, those who clean their teeth and gums regularly will have a lower risk for gingivitis, which is inflammation and bleeding in the gums.

Flossing and brushing are important components of oral hygiene and also are vital to overall health.

By Metro Creative