Why Do I Need to Floss Every Day? | Suwanee Dentist

We all know we’re supposed to floss daily – it’s basic dental hygiene – but if we’re realistic, most of us don’t for whatever reason. Unfortunately, when it comes time to show up for a dental checkup, it’s time to panic, especially when they ask, ‘How often do you floss?’

While you’re calculating in your head how much you floss and if you should fib to the dentist about your flossing habits let me in on a little secret… They know the truth. They went to school to learn the truth so you may as well fess up, because you aren’t fooling anyone. Time to rethink how well we are taking care of our smile. Let’s go over why it’s so important to floss daily:

More effective than brushing alone. A toothbrush works to removing plaque with its bristles. Brushing alone has one big drawback: A toothbrush’s bristles can’t adequately clean between the teeth or under the gums. That’s where floss comes in, to get in those tiny spaces between your teeth to get the grime out your toothbrush can’t reach.

Protects your gums. Where the gums and teeth meet are where flossing plays its major role. Particles of food can get lodged here, and plaque in this area will harden over time to form tartar, that your dentist will remove with a scraper. Tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis.

Disease prevention. Gum disease can have effects that go beyond discolored teeth, discomfort and bad breath. Research has shown that the bacteria in an unhealthy mouth can harm the rest of the body, leading to heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illness.

If you would like to find out more about flossing, contact Dr. Kegler II at 770-476-9511 to schedule a consultation or visit www.artisticsmilesofga.com for additional information.

Dr. Clarence Kegler II proudly serves Suwanee and all surrounding areas.

How Diabetes Can Affect Your Smile | Suwanee Dentist

November is National Diabetes Month and since it’s in the spotlight, it is important to know that not only does diabetes affect your blood sugar levels, but every part of your body, including your smile. Yes, it’s true – those patients that suffer from diabetes will run the risk of developing dental issues more than non-diabetic patients. So, in honor of National Diabetes Month, let’s take a quick look at some of the things you can do to keep dental issues at bay while you are beginning to figure out how to control your glucose levels.

Since chewing is necessary to eat, and teeth are needed to chew, it is important to keep your teeth healthy. Oral infections can lead to bone damage and may cause tooth loss. Unfortunately, not all dental appliances will be suitable to your teeth so stay on top of your oral hygiene. Use a soft-bristled brush between the gums and the teeth in a circular motion, floss thoroughly and rinse daily.

Please understand that bleeding or swollen gums is a common symptom those suffering with diabetes will encounter. If you notice your gums are bleeding while eating or brushing, see a dentist. Make sure to let them know you have been diagnosed with diabetes so that they can help you maintain your oral health going forward. In fact, notify your dentist immediately if you notice any abnormal changes in your mouth, like frequent bleeding gums. Regular checkups will also be a great time to touch base with your dental professional regarding any other lifestyle changes that need to be made in order to maintain your overall health.

If you would like to find out more about the effects of diabetes on your smile, contact Dr. Clarence Kegler II at 770-476-9511 to schedule a consultation or visit www.artisticsmilesofga.com for additional information.

Dr. Kegler proudly serves Suwanee and all surrounding areas.