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The Importance of Flossing

We’ve all heard our dentist tell us time and time again how important it is to floss every day. Many people don’t, even though it’s been proven to help in preventing oral diseases and protect your teeth. Here’s everything you need to know about the importance of flossing and why you need to start doing it immediately.

Oral Health

While brushing helps in removing plaque and bacteria from your teeth and mouth, flossing does a better job of it. Removing plaque helps to prevent build-up that can lead to tartar. And that’s definitely something we want to avoid, as it can result in decay and tooth loss. Getting rid of plaque and food particles you can’t see that’s stuck between your teeth will brighten them up significantly.


Regular flossing also helps to decrease your risk of developing gum diseases like gingivitis. If your gums are showing signs of redness, puffiness and bleeding whenever you brush your teeth, it can easily be resolved by practicing good oral health.


Being able to examine your mouth more closely while flossing will allow you to get a clearer picture of anything that may be worrying regarding the health of your teeth, tongue and gums. Brushing twice a day just isn’t enough to protect against gum disease and tooth loss. If you’re afraid flossing will irritate your already sensitive or bleeding gums, don’t be. Flossing will actually improve your gum health, stopping them from bleeding. Secure a healthy smile by flossing daily.

Bodily Health

Poor oral health doesn’t just affect the integrity of your mouth. Daily flossing, and practicing good oral hygiene in general, will aid in improving your body’s well-being as well. It’s been discovered that there may be a link between periodontal disease (like gingivitis) and increases in the risk of heart disease.


Mouth infections, like any other infection in your body, can increase the inflammatory matter within the blood, which in turn encourages blood clots to form and slows the blood flowing to your heart. It’s also thought that bacteria from a mouth infection can enter the bloodstream quite easily, creating an issue with your cardiovascular system.


If you notice any lesions in your mouth accompanied by swelling or redness, they can be indicators of more serious health conditions, such as cancer, eating disorders or HIV.

Flossing After a Meal

Even though there’s no research to back these claims up, there’s strong anecdotal evidence that flossing and brushing after eating will make you less tempted to snack on food immediately after. If you can’t brush your teeth in the middle of the day, flossing is enough to promote good oral hygiene while keeping your mouth feeling clean. Healthy snacks like pretzels or dried fruit are great if you’re trying to lose weight, but they tend to get stuck between your teeth. Because dried fruit is often high in sugar, it can lead to tooth decay if left in your teeth all day long.


At Forest Hill Family Dental, our friendly and caring specialists are experienced and dedicated to providing you with the best care. Located in Kitchener, Ontario, we perform both general and cosmetic dental services, all while ensuring a pleasant experience with every visit. Call or go online at www.foresthillfamilydental.com to book an appointment.