Do You Even Floss, Bro?
The roll’s been sitting in the same place in your medicine cabinet for months. You always buy it with the intention of integrating the habit in your routine, but after a week, it just sits there. Just to reiterate, here are all the reasons why that roll of dental floss has got to start seeing some action.
Your Dentist Will Know
Your words might say you’ve been flossing regularly, but your mouth will tell a different story. You can brush regularly with the most high-tech toothbrush you can find, but if you don’t floss, plaque builds up between your teeth, where it starts to irritate your gums. Your immune system responds to this buildup like it would to any other infection. The area becomes inflamed and extremely sensitive, and when you go in for an exam, the dentist will “probe” your gums to check their health. If they bleed, then your dentist knows you haven’t been hitting the floss.
Your Age Will Show
When your flossing routine falls by the wayside, gum disease can begin to take over. When it really gets going, it starts to eat away at your gums and teeth. It also takes over the bones that support your teeth. Flossing will keep the area clean and minimizes the gum disease. Have you ever seen the profile of a person who’s missing their teeth? They’ve got that puckered look to them. Not a good look..
Your Date Will Know
If all the health benefits don’t convince you that flossing is important, keep in mind that all the food particles and plaque between your teeth make your breath unapproachable, and can be an instant game-killer. You may have washboard abs, but if your breath smells like the dirty laundry water, you’re going home alone, bro.