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