The dentist has warned you! Not flossing can bring about serious repercussions you may never have known were possible, including:
1. Cavities: Particularly between Your Teeth: Everyone has bacteria in their mouths, but most of it is harmless. However, when the sugars in the food we eat combine with the normal bacteria in our mouths, a caustic acid is created that will attack your teeth and cavities will be created. Flossing helps remove the acid from the hard-to-reach areas of your teeth like the spaces between them. Floss is also able to go slightly below the gum line to remove more bacteria breeding there. Flossing helps remove plaque, the sticky biofilm of bacteria stuck to your teeth. Left alone, plaque can actually attract even more bacteria to your teeth to cause even more problems.
2. Gum Disease: Flossing is often described as the number one deterrent to periodontal disease. The combination of both gingivitis and periodontitis, the two major periodontal diseases, affects nearly 75% of the US population. Worse, gum disease has long been suspected as the main culprit in tooth loss in adults in the US.
3. Bad Breath: The first recommendation to stop halitosis, or bad breath, is flossing your teeth. Halitosis is caused by a build-up of bacteria in your mouth that leads to infection. The combination of these two are the primary cause of halitosis. If you brush and floss daily but halitosis is still a problem, see your dentist because other serious medical problems can also cause bad breath.
4. A Number of Other Health Issues: According to the Mayo Clinic a number of serious medical problems can be rooted in improper dental care. Diseases that poor dental care may contribute to include endocarditis and cardiovascular disease. In pregnant women it is believed to cause possible low birth weight and premature birth.
5. Facial Aging: Poor dental health may lead to tooth loss, which in turn may affect the entire face. Teeth are needed to maintain the strength of the bones in the face. The act of chewing actually provides stimulation to maintain bone density. That means that when someone loses a tooth, the lack of stimulation causes loss of both bone density and volume. That means that facial changes will also ensue as the bone deteriorates. As the bone deteriorates the muscle collapses and, along with it, the skin. Although the changes occur slowly this process will, in fact, bring about premature facial aging.
6. Expenditures for Dental Problems: Not all repercussions from poor dental care are physical. Poor dental health can actually affect your finances as well. Expensive fillings, root canals, crowns and extractions can all result from poor dental care.