Your mother always warned you it would come back to bite you, but in this case if you’re unlucky it might not. Dental hygiene is something that has come a long way. A perfect smile is good for a first date, an interview, and a high school senior photo. It can’t be replaced, easily. The horror of going through metal braces and spacers and retainers and that awkward smile that goes about the gum line because the braces won’t let you smile the regular way. The importance of flossing could be the difference between no braces or braces at 30 and trying to be fabulous.
To prevent tooth decay: Dental plaque can cause cavities if it’s left between teeth. When mixed with sugar, the bacteria that live in plaque can start the process of tooth decay. This is why it’s bad for plaque to be left in your mouth.
To prevent gum disease: Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It is caused by an accumulation of plaque around gums and between teeth. Plaque also contains bacteria that are harmful for the gums. Flossing is therefore important to remove all plaque accumulated after a meal.
To prevent halitosis: Dental plaque is one of the causes of halitosis, and if it’s left between your teeth, it will generally leave a bad smell in your mouth. This odor comes from the metabolism of the bacteria contained in plaque.
To reduce the risk of heart disease: The mouth is an entry point to harmful bacteria that may eventually reach the body orangs, including cardiac tissue. Dental plaque, which contains dangerous bacteria, must be therefore eliminated to prevent those micro-organisms to reach the heart through the blood stream and cause heart complications.