A few years ago, the Associated Press dropped a bomb on the dental community, suggesting that flossing may not be as necessary as previously thought. Anti-flossers rejoiced, reluctant flossers used their floss to make crafts and macrame, but the true believers refused to buy into the news. Turns out, the believers had it right from the very beginning. At Dental Care of Boca Raton, we have good reason to promote flossing. Simply stated, it’s good for your overall health.
When you brush your teeth, you’re only getting two sides (maybe three when you’re brushing molars) of a three-dimensional object. Flossing is the only way to get in the tight spaces between teeth. If you don’t floss, you can enjoy the following side effects:
If these side effects aren’t enough to convince you, you should probably know about the connection between good dental health and good whole health. This is particularly evident when it comes to gum disease, as those with gum disease are more prone to:
If you’re a reluctant flosser, here are a few things you can do to increase your likelihood of flossing:
The truth is, flossing is a necessary part of a complete dental hygiene routine. If bad breath and toothlessness aren’t enough to convince you, then we’re out of ideas. Regardless of your flossing habits, we’d love to have you as a patient. If you live in or near Boca Raton, Florida, contact our office to schedule an appointment.