Flossing your teeth is arguably just as important as brushing. It serves a dual role of preventing cavities and gum disease. As mentioned previously, flossing prevents cavities from forming on the proximal surfaces of our teeth.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Plaque build-up in close proximity to and beneath the gums is the main cause of periodontal disease. The earliest sign is bleeding gums. Flossing helps remove this accumulation of plaque. If not removed, the plaque quickly hardens, forming into a rock-like substance called calculus or tar-tar, which cannot be removed by brushing or flossing. When left untreated, the teeth start to lose their gum support and become shaky.
Studies have shown that is there a link between periodontal disease and an increased risk of heart disease. All types of infections including mouth infections can increase the number and amount of inflammatory substances in the blood, which increases blood clot and slows blood flow to the heart. Some think that bacteria from a mouth infection can easily enter the bloodstream and affect the whole cardiovascular system including the heart and blood vessels.
Flossing can also remove plaque – this is a film present on the teeth surface that can cause gum disease and tooth decay.
It also helps that you do a self-check for swelling or redness. If bleeding occurs when you floss, you will be alerted to potential problems with your gums and teeth. Certain medical conditions like cancers, HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and eating disorders like Bulimia can cause lesions or spots in your mouth, redness and gum swelling.