It only takes about a minute once per day. Yet, it could be the difference between keeping your teeth and losing them.
Today, we’re writing about flossing and why it’s important for your oral health. National Flossing Day (the day after Thanksgiving) is coming up later this month. That’s why we want to take a little time to discuss the benefits of making this a daily part of your oral care routine.
You also should be regular dental cleanings and exams. If you live in or near Panama City, FL, we welcome you to make your next oral care appointment at Panama City Smiles. Call 850-588-0185 today.
Don’t Ignore Your Gums
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once per day as well. However, a recent ADA survey revealed that only 40 percent of respondents said that they floss daily. In other words, a majority of people in the United States are not flossing as often as they should. More concerning are the 20 percent of people who said they never floss.
The Centers for Disease Control has reported that nearly half of adults 30 years and older have some form of periodontitis, which is considered an advanced form of gum disease.
There are multiple factors that can raise your risk of gum infections. However, poor oral care is one that you can control. If you choose to skip flossing as part of your daily dental hygiene, then you are allowing bacteria to put your smile at risk.
Many people are not aware that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. This is just one of the reasons we want you to take all the steps you can to protect your oral health.
Why You Should Floss
Brushing your teeth is an effective way to remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth. The problem is that brushing doesn’t clean the spaces between your teeth and gums that well.
This is why flossing is needed. By using dental floss, flossers, or a water flosser, you can clean the spaces that your toothbrush misses. By flossing, you have a much better change or expelling plaque, bacteria, and food particles (which play a role in how harmful bacteria make plaque).
Flossing can sometimes be enough to reverse gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. Its symptoms include red and swollen gums and bleeding when you brush and floss. If you floss regularly, your bleeding can stop and your gums can return to their healthy pink and firm condition.
If your gums continue to bleed, the bleeding becomes more frequent, your gums begin to feel sore or tender, your gums recede, or your teeth feel loose, you likely already have periodontitis. That will require professional treatment. Any of these are reasons to call our team in Panama City, FL right away.
Take Charge Of Your Oral Health
The best thing you can do to fight gum disease is being proactive about your oral health. That means getting regular checkups at Panama City Smiles and brushing and flossing daily.