What Happens If You Skip The Floss

What Happens If You Skip The Floss

We know that flossing probably isn’t on anyone’s list of favorite things to do! It takes extra time, it’s hard to reach the back teeth, and sometimes it’s a little bit painful. But it’s still an absolutely essential part of your oral hygiene routine and, here at Longmont Dental & Orthodontics, it’s our job to remind you about the importance of daily flossing!

By flossing every day, you’ll be dislodging food debris from between the teeth and preventing the buildup of plaque between the teeth as well. It is impossible for your toothbrush to reach these spaces between teeth and this is where we see most of the tooth decay settling in.

What Will Happen If I Don’t Floss?

Below is a list of 6 harmful and scary consequences of choosing not to floss:

  • Tartar Buildup – While plaque can be removed from your teeth with diligent brushing and flossing, tartar can only be removed with professional help. Tartar is essentially plaque that has been allowed to harden and solidify.
  • Yellowed Teeth – Leaving plaque and tooth debris in between teeth can cause the teeth to yellow. By removing these harmful substances, your teeth with appear cleaner and whiter.
  • Cavities – Plaque that has been allowed to build up between the teeth will eventually lead to cavities in these areas. Cavities can be taken care of with fillings, but it’s still not a pleasant procedure and we’re sure it’s one you’d like to avoid.
  • Halitosis – If you have chronic bad breath, it might be because you’re skipping the floss. Built up food debris between the teeth will not smell good and your breath will suffer the consequences.
  • Tooth Loss – By neglecting the floss, you’re causing damage to your gums. When the gums weaken and pull away from the teeth, it can cause the teeth to loosen and even fall out altogether.

We think all of these frightening consequences are a pretty good reason to spend a minute or two of your day flossing your teeth! For tips on how to floss, or to schedule an appointment at our office, please contact Longmont Dental & Orthodontics! Our office is located in Longmont, CO.

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