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:
- The plaque will build along your gum line and harden into tartar.
- The tartar will infect your gums, leading to gingivitis.
- The gingivitis will create deep pockets in your gums, throwing you into full-fledged periodontal disease.
- As a result of the infection, your breath could be foul.
- Another possible result? Tooth loss.
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:
- Heart disease
Just Do It!
If you’re a reluctant flosser, here are a few things you can do to increase your likelihood of flossing:
- Pick a flavored floss that you’re more likely to enjoy. Whether you prefer cinnamon, mint, or plain, there is a floss out there for you.
- Make it a routine. If you wash your face, brush your teeth, and take medications at night before bed, why not add flossing to the schedule. The more consistent you are in the beginning, the more likely it is to become a habit.
- Claim it! Involve your partner, your children, your roommate — anyone who can hold you accountable. Hesitant to let someone know about your flossing problem? Just wait until they have to see you without teeth!
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.