Dental Tips Blog

Nov
7

Floss Is Your Friend; Use It or Lose It

Isn’t brushing twice a day enough?  The answer to that question is, NO!   

The number one question dentists and hygienists ask each patient who come in for a dental cleaning is, “Do you floss”? More often than not, the patient’s answer is “No.”

It comes down to this; if you want your teeth to last a lifetime (which they are designed to do) take care of your teeth for life. A toothbrush cannot reach spaces between teeth. This is a common area for tooth decay to develop when flossing isn’t part of your oral hygiene.

It takes less than a minute to floss once a day. Factor in a couple minutes to brush twice a day. If you spend three minutes every day to properly care for your teeth, you are investing 21 minutes a week to your oral health.

Over time, plaque left in between teeth and near gums can cause inflammation. This is the first stage of gingivitis (gum disease). If gingivitis is left untreated, this could lead to periodontitis. Periodontitis damages the alveolar bone, which is where your teeth connect to your jaw. This advanced stage of periodontitis, when bone loss occurs, can lead to tooth loss.

Healthy and Simple Habits

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Chew sugar free gum.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash and toothpaste.
  • Change out your toothbrush every two months.
  • Brush your tongue.
  • Carry floss with you.
  • See your dentist twice per year for routine teeth cleaning and checkups.

Prevention and consistency are the lock and key for a healthy, beautiful smile for life.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 

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