The teeth extraction professionals at Oral Surgery Associates of Alaska know daily flossing can be tedious. Nevertheless, it still needs to be done if you want to keep those pearly whites intact. Even though it’s a crucial part of any teeth cleaning regimen, many people floss infrequently or not at all. Neglecting to floss will open you up to a number of oral health problems that you’d rather avoid.
The first thing you’ll notice after not flossing for a while is that your breath will start to stink. If you don’t notice, other people surely will. This bad breath is the result of food particles building up in between your teeth. When food isn’t removed, bacteria will start to form and you’ll wind up with bad breath. Besides that, food buildup also invites plaque—a clear, sticky film of bacteria. Not only is it unsightly, it’s also a breeding ground for germs. These germs may create a variety other oral health problems, like gingivitis.
Gingivitis is a gum disease that develops when plaque goes unchecked for too long. It’s known to cause painful swelling in the gums and can even create sores in your mouth. These sores are painful and can spread infection through the mouth and teeth. If you don’t treat gingivitis in a timely manner, you may require teeth extraction to get rid of infections. Pathogens in your mouth are absorbed into your lungs, so oral infections must be dealt with to avoid serious illnesses like pneumonia.
Talk to one of the oral surgeons at Oral Surgery Associates of Alaska to learn more about proper flossing practices. Visit their website or Facebook page to check out all of their cosmetic dental care services. Give them a call at (907) 561-1430 to schedule a teeth extraction or a check-up.