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.
Many patients inquire about their foul breath affecting all aspects of their lives: work environment, social interactions, and feeling good about oneself. What is the bad breath coming from and how do you fix it?
A few of the factors that affect your breath are the diet you maintain (the food you ingest), the condition of your teeth (if cavities are present or not), as well as the bacteria in your mouth. A variety of foods can cause different scents, but the factor that plays the largest role is the bacteria in the mouth. Every mouth has bacteria, some of which are good, and some which aren’t. Removing the bacteria is essential to keeping good overall health as well as reducing the possibility of halitosis (bad breath).
It is necessary to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, but ideally after every meal. When brushing, it is essential to also brush your tongue. It is also critical to see your dentist and hygienist on a regular basis so they can take x-rays, and measure your gum pockets and determine the extent of the bacteria in your mouth, as well as remove the bacteria from above the gums. Occasionally, it is noted that bacteria may be able to get inside the gums and cause gum infections (gum disease) and tooth loss. This is the leading cause of bad breath, and removal of the bacteria is essential. Generally, when this is noted, a deep cleaning might be recommended to remove the bacteria causing the problems. This can be done with lasers and small cameras that show where the bacteria are. Removing these bacteria also removes the bad breath.
Once it has been determined you have gum disease, it is recommended to have cleanings done every 3 months to maintain the health of the gums. Generally, the gum measurements are made to determine how well the gums are responding to treatment and cleaned, to ensure the continued improvement of the bacteria removal. It is necessary to always brush and floss as often as possible throughout the day.
If you would like to find out more about bad breath, contact Dr. Clarence Kegler II at 770-476-9511 to schedule a consultation or visit www.artisticsmilesofga.comfor additional information.
Dr. Kegler proudly serves Suwanee and all surrounding areas.