HAS FLOSSING GONE AWOL?

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HAS FLOSSING GONE AWOL?

 

     Flossing made headlines a few months ago when the news reported research that showed little evidence that flossing is worth our while!  However, if you dig a little deeper, all of the studies on this were of very short duration, even as short as two weeks!

     We often get asked questions such as to how often should I floss, is flossing necessary, and what teeth should I floss?  The response used by dentists the world over, " you should only floss the teeth you want to keep!"  You see, next to brushing, flossing is the most important thing that you can do to ensure good oral health.

     The purpose of both brushing and flossing is to reduce the number of bacteria which live in our mouth.  Millions of microscopic bacteria feed on the left over food particles on and between our teeth. This bacteria can build up, promoting acid production that erodes our teeth and leads to cavities.  If that wasn’t bad enough, the bacteria also pour out volatile sulfur compounds creating embarrassing bad breath. Flossing helps us get rid of these harmful bugs.

     If you do not floss, and allow plaque (a combination of mucus and debris) to remain in between teeth, it eventually hardens into a substance called tartar.  Tartar cannot be removed by brushing, and can only be removed by your dentist!  Over time dangerous levels of bacteria can build up in tartar producing toxins which irritate and inflame the gums.  This is called gingivitis.  Left untreated gingivitis can progress to periodontal disease – where bacteria and toxins invade not only the gums, but also the bones and structures supporting the teeth.  This can lead to bone loss, loose teeth, and teeth that fall out.  But it doesn’t end there!  From here the bacteria can travel through the body increasing the chances of heart attack or stroke!

 

So yes flossing is vital to a healthy mouth!

 

     If you struggle to floss well with a traditional spool, consider trying the pre-strung flossers.  These make it easier to access those hard to reach back teeth!  These are available at most stores and your dental office.

   Remember your smile says so much about you.  Let us help you keep a beautiful and healthy smile.

 

Your Gentle Dentists,

 

Dr. Simmons (661) 947-3163

   

 

 

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