Posted On 12/18/2019 12:00:00 AM
by Bruce Kanehl
Do you floss your pearly whites at least once a day? If you do, you’re in the minority. If not, you certainly have plenty of company! Studies show that only 30% of Americans floss at least once a day. Flossing plays an important part in maintaining your oral health, but the majority of people simply don’t add it to their daily routine.
Here’s why flossing is important and how you can make it a habit.
You don’t have to believe us—take it from the Federal Government and ADA who say that flossing is an important oral hygiene practice that helps protect your mouth from a host of dental problems.
Food particles that remain between your teeth attract bacteria. Plaque then forms which eventually leads to tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing before or after brushing removes those food particles and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth and the gum line.
There are real consequences when you choose not to floss. Even skipping a couple days of flossing causes plaque buildup which increases your risk of gingivitis and cavities. That’s because plaque hardens into tartar which, the longer it stays there, can then lead to serious issues. Only a dental professional can remove tartar from your teeth.
Once gum disease sets in, your dental health becomes a lot more serious. Gum inflammation and loss of bone that supports your teeth can ultimately lead to tooth loss. Gum disease has also been linked to other serious health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and even dementia.
Finally, if you just don’t like dealing with floss, try some alternatives to the old-school string method.
Brushing your teeth, rinsing with mouthwash, and flossing are the three important elements that make up a good home oral hygiene routine. If you’ve been remiss in flossing or notice plaque buildup on your teeth and near your gums, schedule a checkup and dental cleaning with Kanehl Dental Group as soon as possible. Your teeth, gums, and smile will thank you!
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