How Important is it to Floss?

Flossing and oral healthWhile we all know how important is it to floss our teeth daily, many patients end up falling short in this aspect of oral care. In fact, the American Dental Association found some interesting statistics regarding flossing from a 2013 study. According to the study, 31% of Americans floss less than daily and 18.5% who do not floss at all! With this in mind, it’s no surprise that tooth decay and eventual tooth loss have become so prevalent.

We know our dental implant patients know just how important it is to take care of their smile. Experiencing tooth loss is not only be detrimental to oral health, it is also damaging for self-confidence. A key way to avoid this problem in the first place is to take care of your natural teeth. Flossing is one of the most underrated tools to keeping a healthy smile even though it only takes a few extra minutes each day. To explain more on this subject, dental implant provider, Dr. Daniel Fenton gives his readers here in Fort Lauderdale an in-depth explanation on why flossing is so crucial for a healthy smile.

More About Flossing

Dental professionals recommend flossing at least once per day to remove bacteria and food particles in between the teeth and underneath the gum line. If you only brush your teeth, you’re still missing a significant portion of bacteria hiding away in areas where your toothbrush can’t reach. Some of the most important reasons to floss include:

Avoid Gum Disease: When plaque accumulates along the gum line, the gums will become irritated and inflamed. Gingivitis, the mild form of gum disease, will then develop. If gingivitis is treated in a timely manner, you can reverse the damage. Without addressing this problem, gingivitis will then develop into a more severe form of gum disease, periodontal disease. As your gum disease worsens, you become more likely to experience tooth loss and other oral health problems.

Chronic Bad Breath: Chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis, occurs when bacteria and food particles are left in the mouth. When this happens, food particles will start to decay and give off a foul odor. Unfortunately, food particles and bacteria can hide between teeth and below the gumline, meaning they will continue to cause bad breath because a toothbrush cannot effectively remove them.

Tooth Decay: Flossing is absolutely critical for avoiding tooth decay. When plaque forms and accumulates on your teeth, the bacteria will weaken down to the tooth and lead to dental cavities. Cavities can often be painful and can even lead to the eventual loss of the entire tooth.

Benefit Your Overall Health: As we said before, flossing is critical for periodontal health. This won’t just help your oral health! Poor periodontal health has been linked to plenty of other systemic conditions such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes. Taking care of your smile by regular flossing will end up benefitting your oral health and your overall health in the long run.

Save Your Wallet: Investing your money into some floss is definitely cheaper than having to get dental work done! Getting a cavity filled or a root canal done can get pretty pricey so instead, simply take care of your smile and you will prevent the need for this dental work.

Proper Flossing Techniques

If you’re not currently flossing on a daily basis, we strongly encourage you to make it a party of your daily routine. Flossing correctly only takes a few minutes and the steps are very simple. Steps to properly flossing include:

  • Use approximately 18 inches of floss and wind the ends around your finger to hold it taut
  • Gently move the floss between your teeth
  • Curve the floss to get beneath the gumline
  • Move to a clean section of the floss as you continue to floss

Contact our Office in Fort Lauderdale

We hope that our readers have found this helpful and now realize just how important it is to floss. If you’re currently dealing with tooth loss, adding flossing into your daily routine will not be enough to dramatically improve your oral health. In this particular case, we recommend using dental implants to give you a healthy, complete smile. To get started on your dental implant process, contact our office today to schedule your no-obligation consulation with Dr. Fenton!