What happens when you don’t floss regularly

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Just like brushing, flossing is important to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you don’t use floss, you will have to face the consequences sooner or later. Here are some of these consequences:

– Bad breath or halitosis
– Tooth decay between teeth
– Gingivitis and gum disease

When you don’t floss daily, food particles stuck between your teeth break down and increase the amount of bacteria in your mouth. By proliferating, the bacteria expose you to bad breath and tooth decay.


Does gingivitis sound familiar? You may have heard it on a mouthwash and/or toothpaste commercial? It is a very common disease among Canadians and Americans. Food particles, plaque and tartar buildup causes gingivitis, which is the first stage of periodontal disease. The good news is that if gingivitis is diagnosed early, it can be easily treated and reversed.

Redness, inflammation and gum sensitivity are symptoms of gingivitis. You may notice bleeding when brushing or flossing.

Maintaining good hygiene habits will help you prevent gingivitis. Regular dental cleanings are also recommended.

Plaque accumulation

Eating without flossing can result in food particles around the teeth. Initially, plaque is a bacterial film that adheres to the tooth, after a few days without flossing, the plaque will turn into tartar. The calcified plaque, called tartar, is very difficult to remove. Only a health professional can remove it.

Periodontal disease

Untreated gingivitis or inflammation of the gums can lead to periodontal disease. Plaque and tartar can not only damage the tooth but also destroy your gums and lead to recession or gum and bone loss.

Tooth loss

Plaque and tartar buildup can weaken your periodontium (bones and gums). This can lead to tooth mobility and loss.


You are mistaken if you think that bacteria only affects the teeth and gums. Research has shown that bacteria drawn into the lungs can cause pneumonia.

According to the American Dental Association, “People who don’t floss are at greater risk for gum disease and cavities.” For optimal overall health, always include flossing in your dental routine.

To find out how to floss properly or if you have any questions about flossing, contact us at Centre Dentaire Saint-Lambert.

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