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Importance of flossing for oral health

One should brush and floss teeth to maintain good oral health. Merely following these two habits can save thousands of pounds of patients. You will experience many benefits of flossing as it leaves a positive impact on oral health. The basic three habits to enjoy good oral health are brushing twice a day, flossing, and visiting a private dentist Basingstoke regularly for a dental inspection. You should floss at least once a day and do it carefully as sometimes floss can hurt the gums.

The benefits of flossing for oral health are:

Remove Plaque: Plaque is a sticky and colorless layer of bacteria that forms on teeth and produces acid once you eat or drink anything. This plaque can become hardened known as tartar, which can only be removed by a professional dentist. There are some spaces and corners in our mouth, where it becomes difficult for the brush to reach. These spaces become a heaven for the plaque. Flossing reaches these spaces and removes the plaque.

No Cavities: Plaque wears off the tooth enamel which is the outermost layer of the teeth. This can form cavities which can result in tooth loss. Cavities are the holes that form in the teeth. When the plaque is removed by flossing, it reduces the risk of cavities as bacteria are not able to produce acid that destroys the enamel.

No Gum Diseases: Flossing contributes to healthy gums as the plaque formed can inflame gums and eventually gum infection if proper hygiene is not followed. It also reduces the risk of heart disease as bacteria that cause gum infection can enter the bloodstream and can contribute to heart problems.

No Bad Breath: You may experience bad breath if you do not maintain proper hygiene. Food particles are stuck between the spaces of teeth which can cause the problem of bad breath. Flossing dislodges this debris and leftover food between the spaces of teeth. Fresher breath boosts the self-confidence of people whereas with bad breath people feel self-conscious while talking.

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