Do you roll your eyes when you think about taking the time to floss twice a day? Maybe you’ve even fibbed to your dental hygienist when they asked how often you floss. Don’t worry, this is a common situation many people find themselves in. However, at Danville Family Dentistry, we want to help you understand why it’s so important to floss and why you should start flossing today. (And, if you already floss every day, read on to find out about all the good things you’re doing for your oral health!)
Choosing the Right Tools to Start Flossing
There are lots of different tools and devices on the market that help patients floss every day. The good news is that you have many choices when it comes to flossing. So, if you have braces, or sensitive gums, or trouble holding onto a slippery string of floss, check out some of these flossing options and alternative methods.
Waterpik. A Waterpik is a device in which water pressure is used to remove debris from your teeth. Using a powerful stream of water to floss can help remove bacteria below the gum line, where traditional floss can’t reach. A Waterpik is also a very useful tool for those with braces or sensitive gums. Most Waterpik devices have different levels of pressure, so even the softest gum tissue won’t be bothered.
Flossing picks. If you have trouble getting a long string of floss between all your teeth, try flossing picks. You can find them at any shop that sells toothpaste and floss. A flossing pick is a small piece of plastic (with a handle) that already has floss threaded onto it. It makes flossing quick and easy, so even the most impatient flossers won’t be annoyed.
Traditional floss. Even though it’s traditional, this old-school flossing method is still used by dentists everywhere. Plus, with so many technological advances, you can find many different types of floss, like flavored floss or floss that is specially made for sensitive gums.
5 Reasons to Start Flossing
Once you choose your method of flossing, here is why it’s important to turn this task into a habit:
- You’ll feel better. Taking care of yourself every day, even in small ways, increases your confidence and mood. Plus, you’ll be sure to have fresh breath all day.
- Flossing is the best way to save money. It’s frugal and efficient and will keep your dental visits to a minimum.
- You’ll prevent gingivitis and other major problems. If your gums bleed when you floss, they are unhealthy gums, and you’ll need to start flossing more regularly. Bleeding gums is the first sign of early-stage gum disease.
- Gum health=better overall health. Many studies have shown that proper gum health leads to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and respiratory disease.
- Flossing is responsible for removing 40% of the plaque and bacteria that accumulate in your mouth every day. If you aren’t flossing, you’re leaving a lot of build-up in your mouth.
And there you have it. These five reasons should be enough to get you flossing every day. If you haven’t already scheduled your bi-annual cleaning, call us today at 317-745-4400. We can’t wait to check out your healthy gums!
Disclaimer: The information included in this article is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.