Your home oral hygiene habits are your first line of defense against preventable dental issues, like tooth decay and gum disease. You know that your toothbrush is an invaluable asset to the health of your teeth and gums, but it is not the only thing your mouth needs to stay healthy. You also best to floss each day or it can lead to unexpected news at your next appointment with your dentist in Allen. While many often view flossing as unnecessary, it is vital to protecting the health of your mouth and body.
Protect Your Mouth and Body
Although your toothbrush is effective, it cannot reach everywhere in your mouth, like in between the teeth or around the gum line. The only way to clean the areas is with dental floss. It is recommended that you floss every night before going to bed to remove the accumulations. If you are not, you are leaving 40% of your tooth’s surfaces uncleaned. Not to mention, you are opening the door to gum disease.
Gum disease is a preventable infection that results from bacteria that is found in plaque and tartar accumulations. While it is preventable, it is estimated as much as 50% of adults in American have a form of it. Most often, it is the result of poor oral hygiene habits, like lack of flossing.
Flossing is the only way to remove the bacteria to protect your gum health. Unfortunately, only 4 out of 10 adults floss every night while 20% never floss. If you are among those who do not floss daily, your chance for developing gum disease significantly increases.
Gum disease will cause the supporting structures for your teeth to deteriorate, eventually leading to tooth loss if it is not treated quickly. The complications do not just hurt your smile. The bacteria responsible for the infection can also enter your bloodstream.
As the bacteria circulates throughout your body, it can lead to several serious health issues. In fact, the bacteria responsible for gum disease is known to cause cardiovascular disease, pulmonary infections, diabetic complications, Alzheimer’s disease, and pregnancy complications.
To protect your mouth and body, you must floss nightly.
Promote a Healthy Mouth
It is best to choose a dental floss that is supported by the American Dental Association, which means that is has been tested for safety and effectiveness when used correctly. Insert the floss between two teeth to form a “C” shape around a tooth. Gently slide it from the crown to the gum line and back up again. Repeat this process for each tooth.
Although you may view it as a chore, taking the time to floss every day will help to ensure that your smile stays healthy for a lifetime. In addition to brushing and flossing, do not forget to visit your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
About Dr. Lucian Daniel Narita
For more than 15 years, Dr. Lucian Daniel Narita has provided exceptional dental care for healthy smiles. With a focus on prevention, he helps to keep the teeth and gums healthy to promote your overall well-being. If you have not been to your dentist recently, now is the time to schedule an appointment. Contact Amazing Smiles today.