You probably know that you should be flossing every day, and you know that doing so is great for your oral health. But did you know that flossing can actually help boost your immune system, too? Here’s how flossing helps boost your immune system, and a few tips that will help you get the most out of your daily flossing routine.
Wondering how flossing helps keep your immune system healthy and strong? It’s simple. The fewer bacteria there are in your mouth, the fewer immune cells your body has to send to your mouth to fight them.
As you may already know, brushing alone can only remove bacteria and plaque from about 60% of the surfaces of your teeth. Your toothbrush simply can’t get into the little cracks and crevices between your teeth, or clean the gums between your teeth.
So if you only brush your teeth, your gums could eventually become inflamed due to the buildup of bacteria between them. If left untreated, this can cause gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Immune cells will fight back against the bacteria in your mouth, and this inflammation will cause your gums to swell and thicken.
But if your teeth and gums are healthy and free of gingivitis and oral bacteria, your immune system won’t have to send immune cells to your mouth, which means they can be used to protect against threats elsewhere in your body.
Now that you know flossing can help you keep your immune system strong, you may be wondering how you can ensure that you’re doing it right, and getting the most out of your oral care routine. Here are a few of our tips for flossing effectively.
With these simple flossing tips from The Burkitt Center for Comprehensive Dentistry, you’ll be able to ensure that your smile stays healthy and strong, and that you maintain a healthy immune system. Need more tips on proper oral hygiene? Overdue for a six-month teeth cleaning and oral exam? Contact us online or give us a call at (615) 941-3368 to schedule an appointment with our team, and get the dental care you need.