Regular flossing could save your teeth from extraction
Though most people these days are becoming aware of flossing, they don’t really put it into practice consistently. They say if you fail to floss you miss cleaning 40% of your teeth. But are people really worried about the remaining 40%? Well, you should be! Because you still have a 40% chance of developing tooth cavities.
Cleaning the remaining 40% can remove the entire possibility of getting tooth cavities. This also means you avoid the possibility of needing a root canal treatment in your life. But how exactly does flossing save your teeth from extraction?
Failing to floss your teeth
Only if we were aware of this fact way too early in our lives: Flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing them!
Brushing your teeth only cleans 60 percent of your teeth, and the bristles of a toothbrush don’t reach the areas between your teeth. Cavities between the teeth often go hidden, which can lead to serious dental problems down the line. Remnants of food particles, plaque, bacteria, and calculus remain stuck between your teeth. Failing to floss your teeth also hampers gum health since plaque and bacteria linger around the gum line causing serious inflammation and other gum diseases.
One of the main problems with failing to floss is the development of hidden cavities that start between your teeth. Cavities are holes in your teeth that are caused by bacteria eating away at your enamel. If left untreated, they can cause pain and lead to nerve damage needing a root canal treatment.
Failing to floss regularly leaves you 40% more likely to develop cavities than if you do floss. This is because the spaces between your teeth are often inaccessible by toothbrush bristles, meaning they get missed when brushing. Bacteria and leftover food particles build up in these areas and cause cavities.
When hidden cavities are left untreated, they reach the deeper layers of a tooth and can eventually reach the root canal stage. When this happens, you’ll need a root canal in order to save your tooth and prevent further complications, including infection and bone loss.
Sadly, many people don’t floss their teeth because they assume that cavities will give them obvious signs of trouble. Sadly, this isn’t the case-cavities that start between the teeth or in the deeper layers of the tooth don’t give any alarming signs until they’ve progressed so far that they are no longer reversible with a standard filling.
What’s more, these cavities start between the teeth and spread in the inner layers without any holes or black discoloration (which is more common for cavities that have started at the surface). As the cavity progresses, it reaches deeper layers and eventually reaches the nerve. This can lead to pain, sensitivity, and other symptoms that indicate serious problems requiring a root canal treatment.
Cavity now reaches the extraction stage
If the tooth is left untreated the hidden cavities now become obvious and reach deeper layers of the tooth. As the decay further progresses the bacteria further eat away the tooth causing it to break down into smaller pieces and fragments. This is the stage where your tooth can no longer be saved even with a root canal and would need its removal (tooth extraction).
Flossing helps improve gum health
How does flossing save your teeth from extraction?
This simple act of flossing daily can help prevent the buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria that can lead to periodontal disease. Since you tend to get rid of the remaining 40% plaque between your teeth, you reduce the chances of developing hidden cavities.
The bottom line
Poor gum health and hidden cavities are the most common reasons why your tooth needs to undergo an extraction. Flossing between your teeth solves both these problems. It eliminates the chances and possibilities of your tooth getting extracted by removing the plaque and bacteria from the spaces between your teeth. Improved gum health and no cavities can save your teeth from complex dental treatments like extractions.
- Flossing is one of the most important habits you can develop to maintain and improve your gum health.
- Compromised gum health and hidden cavities are the most common reasons why your teeth need removal.
- Flossing can prevent hidden cavities as well as improve gum health by removing plaque and bacteria from the interdental spaces between teeth.
- Flossing thus helps prevent the need for tooth extraction in the future.
Originally published at https://dentaldost.com on May 19, 2022.