Ever since I was a little kid I was not a good flosser. My dad had good teeth and whenever they said his teeth looked good at his checkup and asked if he flossed he would say no and they would say “well just keep doing what you’re doing.” So when I heard this, of course I would use genetics as an excuse and not floss as well. I got away with no cavities and just “watch” spots throughout childhood and had my first cavity at 20.

For the next four years I had a few cavities here and there but now that I’m 26, unfortunately this has all caught up with me and I have to get six cavities filled at one time. All of these are between my teeth where simple flossing would have prevented many of these and made my life a lot easier.

Not only does flossing remove unsightly and uncomfortable food but in the long run it will catch up to you and make you wish you had made flossing a daily routine back when it was easier to create a routine. Lesson learned!

Why is flossing important?

Did you know that our teeth have FIVE surfaces? There’s the tongue side, face/cheek side, the top, and two sides. When we brush without flossing we are only cleaning three out of our five sides of our teeth. That means that we are missing 40%!

Not flossing can lead to:

  • Bad breath
  • Cavities between teeth
  • Gingivitis and/or periodontal disease
  • Tooth loss

Remember these next time you think about skipping the floss. We’re all experiencing a lot of extra time these days with the nature of our society. Take that extra time that you have to get your flossing up to par! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Happy flossing!



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