You know you should be flossing and you hear all the time that you need to floss every day, but do you really understand why?
Flossing Prevents Decay
Dental plaque is made up of bacteria. Some of these germs are responsible for causing tooth decay and love to hide out between teeth. Sugars and acids from the foods you eat also get stuck inside these areas. Flossing disrupts all these cavity-causers and reduces the chance that they’ll damage enamel.
Flossing Prevents Gum Disease
Gum disease is the gradual breakdown of ligaments and bone that hold your teeth in place. If you don’t treat gum disease, you’re setting yourself up for gum recession and tooth loss.
That’s not the worst of it. Research indicates that people with a chronic infection like gum disease are at a higher risk for diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.
Gum disease begins when your gums get inflamed from a bacterial infection. The bacteria are found in – you guessed it – dental plaque. Flossing removes plaque that gets left between teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach.
Flossing Prevents Tartar Buildup
Tartar is the layman’s term for dental calculus. That’s the chalky, gritty, yellow, calcium-like stuff that slowly grows on your teeth.
Calculus isn’t always harmful in itself – it’s just a collection of minerals and dead calcified plaque. But that rough texture can be irritating to gums. It also provides the perfect place for bacteria to cling to. Letting tartar accumulate unchecked can lead to serious problems.
Flossing reduces the amount of debris between teeth, which can calcify into that pesky tartar.
Now that you know how important flossing is, ask your dentist about an effective flossing technique.
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195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
Do you seem to have more problems with tartar buildup than most people? Although tartar is usually a sign of poor oral hygiene, a few people can still have problems even if they are dedicated about their home care. When regular brushing and flossing isn’t enough, here are a few tips to try:
#1 – Chew Gum Containing Xylitol
Xylitol is a unique sugar substitute that prevents biofilm form being able to adhere, accumulate and calcify on the surfaces of your teeth. Chewing a piece of Xylitol gum a few times a day (or purchasing the drops at a health food store) can dramatically limit the amount of buildup in your mouth.
#2 – Change Toothpastes
Tartar control toothpaste is blended with specific ingredients to help prevent the calcifications from forming on your teeth. Usually it is not recommended unless you tend to have heavy buildup. One downside to tartar control toothpaste is that it’s also linked with tooth staining when used on a long-term basis. Just remember – it won’t remove the buildup that is already there. For that, you will need to see your dental hygienist!
#3 – Invest in a Better Toothbrush
Not all toothbrushes are created equal – even the electronic ones. This is a situation where you truly get what you pay for, and a $5 discount electric brush isn’t going to do the job. Consider investing in a higher quality brush that simply allows you to sit it on your teeth while it does all of the hard work for you. Sure you may feel like you’re not “scrubbing” your teeth clean enough, but in a few weeks you should notice a huge difference.
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
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