We all have been there. It’s time to go to bed and either we are so tired that we just want to skip our entire nightly pre-bed routine or we just don’t feel like taking time away from the last few minutes of pre-bedtime TV watching. We get it and even as dentists, we will admit that it is hard to stay in the habit of flossing. However, even though it may seem like a small thing to skip, it can have big implications for our oral and overall health and here’s how:
Your Teeth Could Fall Out
You read that correctly! If you don’t floss and you slack on your other dental habits, your teeth could fall out. Those nightmares of your teeth falling out could be a reality! Even though it was normal for your grandparents to get dentures, with the advanced dental care in Wesley Chapel we have today, there is little excuse for losing teeth early or even when you are your grandparents age.
You Will Have Bad Breath
Bad breath is, in many cases, linked to poor oral care and not flossing. Yes, coffee, smoking, and that everything bagel that we enjoy can be culprits for bad breath. However, perpetual bad breath is the result of flossing not being a part of your daily routine — and all the mints in the world won’t help you. When you don’t floss, food and bacteria get stuck between your teeth and gums. The food particles will begin to rot and the bacteria will wreak havoc on your dental health.
Erectile Dysfunction Could Become a Reality
Yes! You read that correctly. If you don’t take care of your teeth, you may be more susceptible to erectile dysfunction. Flossing takes a couple minutes out of your day. Why risk it?
If you are pregnant and flossing has never been a part of daily habit, now is the time to pull out the floss. Gum disease has been linked to premature births and low birth weight.
You’re Gums Will Stop Bleeding
We understand that it can hurt and be disconcerting to see your gums bleeding. However, the more you floss, the better your gums will feel and the less they will bleed. Why? Because bacteria has been allowed to call the cozy spot between your gums and teeth home, your body has been sending more blood cells to that area to fight infection. Once you start flossing there is less bacteria, and, as a result, your body has to work less at keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Your Teeth Will Stay Healthy
In addition to your teeth not falling out, if you floss, your teeth will remain healthy and resistant to cavities between your teeth and permanent staining.
You Will Have Better Health
When you floss, you will have overall better health. Plaque buildup and allowing other bacteria to call your mouth home can contribute to your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and respiratory disease.
If you take care of your teeth, your teeth will take care of you. If you have stopped flossing or have never flossed, start today! If you are looking for a family dentist in the Wesley Chapel area, contact Mystic Oaks Family Dental!