Flossing is a low-risk, low-cost procedure, that is effective when it’s done well. As a dentist, I have no hesitation telling my patients to floss. Dentists can tell immediately, looking at a patient’s mouth, whether they floss or not. 27 percent of adults lie to their dentist about their flossing habits. Most people dislike flossing and only 4 out of 10 people floss daily with 20 percent never bothering to floss at all. According to dentists, flossing is one of the most important habits to develop. Gum disease is one of the main reasons for flossing. If you develop gum disease and do not floss, chances are you will experience tooth decay and eventually tooth loss.

Flossing Alternatives

Water picks, skinny brushes that slip between the teeth, and tooth picks are considered alternatives to flossing. These options are better than nothing but not nearly as effective as traditional dental floss.

Common Excuses

Not having time is one of the most common excuses.  It is best to floss directly after meals but flossing anytime is better than not flossing at all. Another common excuse is having teeth that are too close together to floss.  Waxed floss or floss with a coating of polytetrafluoroethylene are now available. They are extremely slippery and make it easier to get into tight spaces. Floss while doing something else like reading or watching TV.  Chances are, once you start you can get into the habit and routine of flossing regularly.

Brushing and Flossing

You probably never miss a day of brushing your teeth. Get into the habit of flossing immediately after you brush. Flossing helps remove plaque, which is a sticky, bacteria laden film.  Dental floss is the best option to use.  It is important to floss because if plaque is not removed by brushing and flossing, it will harden and become tartar or calculus.

Your Oral Health

Plaque can hide in all the nooks, crannies, and crevices in your mouth and collect below the gum line — that is why it is so important to take care of your oral health. If you have not flossed for years, it is time to start. The plaque that forms develops into tartar; with inflammation and bleeding gums as the result. If you become a regular flosser, your gums do not bleed.

Give us a call if it has been more than six months since you have visited a dentist. There is no reason to put your long term oral health at risk when you can easily maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.

We are here to help with all your dental needs. No matter what, we are here to make sure you have the best information and options available to take action and feel comfortable and confident in your smile.

Contact Us (859-689-1105) For More Information or to Make an Appointment!

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About Tri-State Family Dentistry

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