Ever since you were a child, parents and dentists have told you to floss your teeth. Unfortunately, most people never bothered to listen to their advice. However, it’s not too late. If you start flossing now, you should experience all the same benefits as someone who’s done it their entire life. Still not convinced? Then take a look at some of the reasons flossing is a good idea.
A cleaner mouth
Brushing alone does not remove all the potentially harmful germs and bacteria from your mouth. Flossing helps to reach all those parts of your mouth that a brush can’t access. That means doing it a couple times each day should mean you avoid gum disease and have much fresher breath.
No tartar or gingivitis
Gum issues are often prevalent in people who don’t floss. Tartar and gingivitis will build over time due to food particles that were not removed. Flossing will ensure that happens as infrequently as possible.
Just think of how much cash you spend at the dentist over the course of a year. Your checkups have a standard price, but you often pay more for certain treatments. People who floss spend a lot less than those who don’t. You could use that money to buy a new outfit or something that will make you look even more fantastic.
Now you know about the top benefits of flossing, there is no excuse for avoiding the activity. Dental floss does not cost a lot of money, and so you’re only ruining things for yourself if you don’t take heed. We all want a perfect smile, but sometimes you have to work for it.
Infographic by Ellen Krieger