What Happens When You Don't Floss Regularly?
It's easy to forget about flossing when you're busy or tired at the end of a long day. Unfortunately, failing to floss may be doing more harm to your oral health than you realize. Dr.Rosemarie Marquez, your St. Petersburg, FL dentist, explains what happens when you don't floss regularly.
You get more cavities
Every day, a sticky, clear bacterial film called plaque builds up on your teeth. If your teeth feel rough when you pass your tongue over them, plaque is to blame. Plaque combines with the sugars in the foods you eat to create acids that eat away at tooth enamel, causing cavities. Brushing removes plaque, but toothbrush bristles can't reach the spaces between teeth. Flossing daily removes plaque from those hard-to-reach places and reduces your cavity risk.
When you don't floss regularly, plaque can turn into tartar, a very hard deposit that can only be removed with special dental tools. When tartar forms on your teeth, it makes it harder to clean them. A build-up of tartar on your teeth near or below your gums can cause gum disease.
Your risk of tooth loss can increase
When you have gum disease, your gums pull away from your teeth and form bacteria-laden pockets. If gum disease isn't treated promptly, the bone supporting your teeth will deteriorate and lead to tooth loss. You can have healthy teeth that fall out because there is no bone to hold them in place.
You have bad breath
Have you ever investigated an odor in your refrigerator only to discover that a piece of food slipped behind a shelf? Chances are that food looks and smells nothing like it did when you first placed it in the refrigerator. The same thing happens when you don't floss regularly. Small pieces of food accumulate in the spaces between your teeth and begin to rot and smell, giving you a serious case of bad breath. Flossing removes food debris and keeps your breath fresher.
Protect your smile by flossing and visiting your dentist every six months. When it's time for your next appointment, call your St. Petersburg, FL, dentist Rosemarie Marquez, DMD, PA at (727) 345-1774. Keep your teeth healthy with regular flossing!