How often do you floss? Do you floss at all? Most people fully understand that brushing their teeth is an essential part of dental health maintenance. However, far fewer people realize that flossing is a vital part of dental health maintenance as well. Today, we’d like to share a friendly reminder about why flossing matters. Here are a few of the many benefits.
We can define gingivitis as gum inflammation. It can be a painful condition that results in bleeding or swollen gums. If you want to prevent gingivitis, you should floss regularly. Flossing can remove the plaque buildup on the gum line, which can lead to disease.
You may be surprised to discover the connections between Diabetes and flossing. When you don’t floss, bacteria accumulates at a fast rate. Oral bacteria affect glucose levels. Also, if you have Diabetes, you know that eating too many sweets affects your Diabetes. But it also affects your dental health. Anything overly acidic and sugary degrades your enamel. Diabetic or not, we recommend flossing your teeth as much as you brush your teeth, if not more. We also recommend that you indulge in foods that are good for you.
Say “Goodbye” to Halitosis
Even if you brush your teeth often and use mouthwash, unpleasant smells can still linger. Why? Because tartar buildup causes the least pleasant aromas. It’s possible to remove tartar by brushing your teeth. However, flossing helps to remove tartar from your gums and in between your teeth as well. If you’ve noticed bad breath but don’t floss, we recommend that you do. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the improvements. If this still doesn’t work in combination with brushing your teeth and using mouthwash, something else could be happening. Please reach out to us.
A Few Notes On Flossing
Everyone should floss. There isn’t any condition that will keep you from flossing. Here are some cases where flossing may be difficult, but it’s more than possible. We’ll share how.
- Sensitive Gums? Choose soft floss that slides comfortably in between your teeth.
- Have a Child? After your child turns 5, you can teach them how to floss properly without them potentially being in pain. As more and more teeth between to grow in, you want to instill dental health maintenance into your child.
- Have Trouble Moving the Floss Around? Electric flossers exist if you have trouble or just don’t like reaching into the back of your mouth. An electric flosser also won’t use too much pressure.
Oral Care from Catonsville Dental Care
Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth, or have a wisdom tooth extracted Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and commitment to comfort, safety, and relaxation you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter,andYouTube.