If plaque builds up on your teeth, it’ll eventually harden and turn into calculus. At this point, only a licensed dental professional can remove it using special tools. If the calculus isn’t cleaned, it can lead to gum disease. This means your gums will get red and puffy and they may start to bleed when you brush. You may develop persistent bad breath. As gum disease worsens and turns into an infection, it puts the entire health of your body at risk.
Research shows that advanced gum disease (known as periodontal disease) is associated with other diseases, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Not to mention, it can cause your teeth to decay and fall out and for the gums to recede. While forgetting to floss won’t lead to these problems overnight, ongoing poor dental hygiene can lead to advanced gum disease.
To floss correctly, start by taking a long piece of floss and wrapping it securely around both index fingers. Slide the floss between your teeth, taking care to scrub it up and down. Be sure to slide it slightly underneath the gums, too. Afterwards, discard the piece of floss and get a new one before moving onto the next tooth. To make sure you’re doing it right, check out this video and ask your dentist to demonstrate the proper flossing technique during your next appointment.
Just like brushing and cleanings are important for dental hygiene, so is flossing. If you don’t already, make flossing a part of your regular routine today. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact Red Bank Smiles in Red Bank, NJ.