What Happens When You Don’t Floss

Not only do dentists recommend flossing but they advise doing it at least once a day. We can all take a one to two-minute break from our Instagram account to floss, right? If you’re not willing to sacrifice two minutes of your screen time, you’ll definitely want to consider otherwise. Here’s why:

What REALLY Happens When You Don’t Floss

Tooth Loss

We’re going to start off with the brutally honest and most extreme case of what happens when you don’t floss: tooth loss! Premature tooth loss, that is. The reason? When we neglect our gums, we risk the very possibility of gum disease. Once we have gum disease, the spaces between our teeth become breathing grounds for bacteria. As a whole, this area is weakened. Our teeth will eventually fall out as a result. We’re highlighting the word premature because these teeth will be falling out at a time when they’re not supposed to. With age, our teeth do weaken but with proper oral health, you can keep your natural teeth for a much longer duration and avoid any tooth loss well before they fall out naturally.


Okay now that we got the most severe case scenario out of the way, it’s time to talk about the next consequence of failing to floss: cavities. We often think of cavities as something that only affects small children who devour candy and do everything possible to get out of brushing their teeth. But the reality is that even as adults, we can develop cavities based on our oral hygiene. Since flossing prevents tooth decay aka cavities, when we do don’t floss, we risk the great possibility of developing cavities. When this does happen, you’ll need a filling (or two) and to avoid any future cavities—you guessed it—you’ll need to floss.

Tartar Buildup

Tartar buildup is something that can only be removed by a dentist. While it is highly critical that you see your dentist at least once every six months to ensure healthy teeth and gums, with routine brushing and flossing, you can avoid EXTREME tartar buildup. Daily flossing is especially instrumental!

Floss Today, Smile Tomorrow!

At Ricardo Chavez, DDS General we know that flossing isn’t the most exciting topic and the thought of it alone can make you feel dreadful. The reason we place a strong emphasis on this oral hygiene practice is that it’s detrimental to keeping your teeth and gums in the best condition possible. In addition to flossing, we advise paying us a visit once every six months. This way, we’ll thoroughly clean your teeth and reinforce dental health tips that are specific to your needs.

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