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The Importance of Flossing

There are a plethora of benefits when it comes to flossing. One of the first benefits of flossing is that it gets rid of plaque. Plaque is a colorless sticky film that collects around and between your teeth and along your gumline. Plaque beings to build on your teeth when bacteria in your mouth mix with starchy or sugary food and drinks. These bacteria release acids that begin to break down carbohydrates. The bacteria in plaque can release acids that attack your teeth enamel. If this plaque isn’t remove then farther down the line it can lead to cavities and even gum disease. If gum disease isn’t prevented via flossing and teeth brushing, it can lead to a more serious infection known as periodontitis. This is known as where your gums can recede or pull away from your teeth. Periodontitis can cause an inflammatory response throughout your body. Flossing between your teeth at least once a day can help get rid of hidden food particles and plaque buildup, and even lower your risk of tooth decay.

Not only can flossing help with preventing plaque and gum disease, but it can also prevent bad breath. Furthermore, what’s worse than bad breath is that it can also affect your heart health as well. You should floss every single day for at least two minutes. Its generally recommended that you floss before brushing your teeth. When you floss, you tend to get rid of the food particles around your teeth. It’s essential to remove plaque and particles from your teeth and gum line.

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