What does your morning and evening dental routine look like? As long as you’re doing the bare minimum, it should at least include brushing for two minutes. If you’re looking to brighten your smile, maybe you add a whitening toothpaste or rinse into the mix.

But are you remembering to include one of the most important tasks: flossing? We hope so!

This simple, yet vital task makes a big difference in the health of your smile.

Reasons You Should Remember to Floss

Get Rid of Leftover Food Particles

Every time you eat or chew something, food particles can get stuck on the sides of or in between your teeth. Sometimes, you can feel them, such as a popcorn kernel, but other times, the particles are small enough to not be noticed and can cause decay. Flossing can help you remove any stuck-on particles and prevent decay.

Reduce the Risk of Gum Disease

If food particles and other bacteria are left to linger in between your teeth, the resulting decay can put you at risk for gum and periodontal disease. Not only can this cause a number of problems in your mouth, but it can also put you at risk for cardiovascular and blood issues. By flossing, you’ll remove bacteria and plaque that can cause decay in the first place.

Allow You to Examine Your Mouth

Certain health issues can cause you to develop swelling or redness in your mouth. While you may not always notice them instantly, if you’re flossing twice a day, you’ll be able to better inspect your gums and cheeks for any issues and have them addressed sooner rather than later.

If you’re in need of caring, expert orthodontic care in the Denver area, trust the team at Speaks Orthodontics. To learn more about how we can help improve your smile or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!