Whenever you go see the dentist, do you dread the question “Do you floss every day?” No need to hide the truth; your dentist will know the answer as soon you open wide. If your dentist (and hygienist) constantly reinforce the importance of flossing, they’re not trying to sound like broken records. In fact, flossing is just as important as brushing to ensure good dental hygiene. Why does your dentist keep telling you to floss? Here’s why.
Regular flossing helps to remove and prevent the further build-up of plaque that can result in tartar and cavities. First, flossing removes plaque and excess food particles that your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing also helps prevent and protect against tooth decay by getting deep under the gum and actually strengthening your gums to prevent gum disease while ensuring you maintain your beautiful smile.
Flossing allows you to regularly examine your teeth, tongue and gums for any swelling, redness or anything that looks out of the ordinary. For example, if your gums continue to be swollen or sore after proper flossing over a few days, or your gums bleed after the first few flossing sessions, call your dentist immediately to schedule an appointment for a checkup.
We all know that flossing can prevent oral diseases such as periodontal disease. But you might not know that oral infections can increase the levels of inflammatory substances in the blood, impacting your cardiovascular system That said, good oral hygiene decreases your risk of heart disease and infections.
While the most commonly known way to floss is with standard dental floss, it’s not the only way. There are many products that make it easier for you to floss, even if you have a dental condition or structures, like braces. There are water flossers that pressurize water and make it incredibly easy and fast to get rid of gunk between your teeth. But be careful, the water flosser can get a little messy. Another option is the electric flosser which is neat and easy, especially for getting the hard to reach spots in the back of your mouth.
Brushing your teeth twice-daily is essential for good oral hygiene but brushing alone may not protect you from gum disease and the tooth loss that can result. Even if you don’t floss regularly now, it’s never too late to start. If you rarely or never floss, don’t get discouraged. You may at first experience bleeding gums, however, being consistent with your flossing, at least once a day, can prevent them from bleeding and will actually improve gum health, strength, and elasticity.
Dr. Ernie Soto and the rest of his team believe in building rapport with our patients, educating them, and most importantly, making them feel comfortable. To learn more about how you can get the bright and healthy smile you need without the usual feelings of fear and discomfort, call the office of Dr. Ernie Soto at (954) 368-6264 or request an appointment online.