Dentists on What Happens If You Don't Floss Your Teeth Nightly


Health benefits

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You just wash particular tooth surfaces. Flossing removes microorganisms between teeth and beneath the gums, where a toothbrush cannot reach.

Cavities will increase

Plaque may be removed from in between your teeth with the aid of everyday flossing.

Possibly terrible breath

Flossing fights bad breath many ways. First, it removes food and germs between teeth. Second, it inhibits plaque, a major source of foul breath.

Gum disease will increase

Failing to floss nightly can harden plaque and induce gingivitis (gum disease). Gingivitis can lead to periodontitis.

Tooth sensitivity may occur

Plaque and gum disease cause tooth sensitivity. Shawn Van de Vyver, DDS, a Shelby dentist, advises against not flossing at night.

Gums may bleed

If you've ever puzzled why you saw blood in your sink after spitting out toothpaste, consider this: Plaque may be caused by not flossing.

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