What Happens If You Don’t Floss Your Teeth?

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We all know that brushing your teeth is a very important part of taking care of yourself, but some people still don’t believe that flossing is necessary. Your dentist will tell you that you need to brush and floss, but there are still those that believe flossing doesn’t provide many benefits.


Flossing dislodges food particles from in between your teeth and helps to prevent plaque from building up in places that your toothbrush might not be able to reach. A good and thorough flossing will only take about one or two minutes each day. Studies have shown that about one third of American adults never floss which could end up costing them in the long run.

So what exactly will happen if you forget or choose not to floss? For one thing you will be at a higher risk for developing cavities and gum disease. Not flossing can also cause your teeth to shift. Here are some other undesirable results from not flossing:

Buildup of Plaque and Tartar. Food particles will build up in between your teeth and plaque, which is a sticky film of bacteria, will also build up. That plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing, but tartar buildup will have to be removed by your dentist.

Tooth Loss. Premature tooth loss is a danger to those who don’t floss. If you develop gum disease bacteria can grow in pockets of space and weaken the structure of your teeth causing them to fall out. Teeth that are surrounded by inflamed gums are almost 50 times as likely to be lost.

More Cavities. If you don’t floss bacteria will build up and eventually lead to cavities, or tooth decay. Those cavities will require fillings which makes teeth weaker and often requires more dental work later on.

In addition to brushing and flossing you’ll want to have your teeth professionally cleaned by your dentist. Give Tribeca Dental Studio a call today at 212-561-5303 to schedule an appointment.