Why Flossing is Essential to Good Oral Hygiene | Geneva Smiles

In Geneva, we understand the importance of maintaining excellent oral hygiene habits. While brushing your teeth is crucial, daily flossing plays an equally vital role in keeping your mouth healthy. Surprisingly, a National Health and Nutrition Examination survey found that only 30 percent of Americans floss daily, with 33 percent admitting they never floss. It’s time to change this mindset.

Even with thorough brushing, there are areas between your teeth that bristles can’t reach. If you’ve ever brushed until your teeth feel perfectly smooth, only to find food particles when you floss, you’ll understand why removing debris between teeth is crucial.

Flossing works wonders because it eliminates plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. These conditions often begin with a bacterial infection in the gum tissue, which, if untreated, can lead to the destruction of both the tissue and the bone underneath.

The inflammatory response triggered by bacterial infection can deepen the pockets between teeth and gums, eventually leading to gum recession and bone loss. Without adequate support, teeth can become loose and even fall out. Regular flossing helps prevent this by removing plaque before it hardens into tartar, a substance only removable by a dentist.

Moreover, maintaining proper oral health through regular flossing can prevent other health problems. Both the American Dental Association and the American Heart Association recognize a link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular issues. Research published by the National Institutes of Health indicates that people with gum disease have a 20 percent higher risk of developing heart disease. The leading theory suggests that gum disease causes inflammation in the body and narrowing of the arteries.

Several studies have also linked periodontal disease to Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer. Individuals with diabetes, who are already at a higher risk of infection and inflammation, are more prone to gum disease. However, effective blood sugar management can lower their risk of gum problems.

Regardless of the type of dental floss you use, whether waxed, unwaxed, or tape, the most critical factor is consistent use—at least once a day—to prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay. Contact our dental office in Geneva to schedule your next appointment and stay proactive about your oral health at home.

Khanna Dentistry PC of Geneva
Phone: 630-318-2044
425 Hamilton St
Geneva, IL 60134