When you think about keeping your pearly whites strong and healthy, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you thought of flossing or brushing, you’re not alone. Still, would you be surprised to learn that inadequate flossing may have a bad effect on your teeth and on your overall health?
As you may know, removing plaque and bad bacteria from your enamel and your gum line is vital to your dental health. If you do not remove plaque, it will eventually harden into tartar. Sadly, trying to remove tartar at home can be dangerous to your teeth. To avoid this issue, you should try to clean below your gum line with floss since a toothbrush can’t reach that area. If you fail to remove this harmful plaque from your gum line, you could ultimately end up with gum disease. Gum disease, if not treated, will damage your jaw bone and the tissue that holds your pearly whites in place.
Similarly, if you don’t keep your gums clean, they could inflame. If you are suffering from gum disease, your gums could pull away from your teeth and expose their roots. Unfortunately, this means bad bacteria and germs from your teeth and gums can affect the health of your entire body. If this does happen to you, you will be more susceptible to diseases such as heart disease, respiratory issues, and even dementia.
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