Is Flossing Really That Important?

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For many of us, our parents made us floss our teeth every night after brushing and it was simply a normal part of our routine. As kids, because of our carefully enforced brushing routine, someone keeping an eye on our flossing habits, and regularly schedule dental visits, many of us enjoyed the healthiest dental hygiene of our lives. But a lot can change when one moves out from under the authority of parents; we’re on our own for food, money, and self-care, and one of the most important aspects of self-care is, of course, our dental hygiene.

If you have excellent dental habits, meaning, you brush twice per day, you floss every day, and you visit the dentist every six months, then we offer you congratulations! You are absolutely among the minority of Americans. According to a recent study conducted by the American Dental Association, one-third of Americans aren’t brushing enough, and two-thirds of Americans aren’t flossing enough.

Many of us have fallen off of the dental care wagon, and it’s likely that the biggest reason for this is either laziness or ignorance. Either people know the dangers of not taking care of their teeth and are not motivated enough to follow through, or people simply don’t know the dangers of their lack of oral hygiene. If you fall into the latter category, continue reading below because this blog is for you. In today’s blog, we’re going to discuss some of the most important reasons to floss daily.


Most people would be surprised to learn that plaque starts to build up within mere hours of eating and can cause lasting damage if allowed to remain. Plaque results from the bacteria that forms on and in between your teeth after you’ve eaten. Because the buildup of plaque can contribute to cavities, gingivitis, and even the loss of teeth, it’s vital that you floss your teeth every day to ensure that plaque isn’t allowed to hang out and ruin your pearly whites. If you feel that the plaque on your teeth is already built up, it might be time to schedule a cleaning with your Eagan dentist.


Gums that receive regular attention from floss don’t bleed. So if you’re experiencing bleeding gums, this is probably a good indication of your lack of regular flossing. Bleeding gums are actually a sign of too much bacteria and inflammation in your gums; though it may seem counterintuitive, flossing daily is a great way to make your gums stop bleeding.


There are a number of health issues that have been linked to gum disease in the mouth and as we read above, gum disease is often the result of a lack of regular or proper flossing. To ensure that you don’t put your physical health at an unnecessary risk, make sure that you floss regularly. And if it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist, or you’re worried that you might have gum disease, contact your Eagan dental clinic today.


Many people who have suffered from gum disease, a loss of teeth, abscesses, and gingivitis might admit that their flossing habits have been less than regular. Flossing helps your teeth remain strong and healthy because it ensures that no plaque or bacteria can form near your gums or in between your teeth. And, if your teeth aren’t allowed to rot, there’s a good chance you’ll never require a tooth extraction.Though we likely don’t have anyone standing behind us, making sure we brush for a full four minutes and floss between every tooth, We can still take the initiative to be regular and consistent with our brushing and flossing. After all, we get one set of teeth for the rest of our lives; doesn’t it make the most sense to take great care of them?


Are you needing to take your dental health more seriously? Denmark Dental is Eagan’s first choice for dentistry and we’d love to get you on the path to excellent oral health. Whether you need a filling, an extraction, a cleaning, cosmetic dentistry, a root canal, or anything else, contact us! Your Eagan dental clinic is ready and waiting to get you all fixed up