Have you been flossing regularly?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Ever had ribs for dinner? Do you indulge in a tub of popcorn at the movies? You can almost feel something stuck between your teeth as you read this, right? But, oh, that feeling of relief when you finally find some floss and get it out! Guess what? There's more to that feeling than you think. Getting that food out robs the bacteria in your mouth of its food source (especially starches like popcorn). This bacteria can cause plaque buildup as well as bad breath and periodontal (gum) disease.

Periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis, usually show up as a swelling of the gums and can even cause bleeding to various degrees. These diseases can lead to tooth loss and has even been linked to heart disease. Flossing can help to protect against disease, disturbing the bacteria trying to colonize.

The ADA advises flossing once a day, but when is the best time to floss? Before you brush? After you finish brushing? In the morning when you wake up? Right before bed? Really, any time it's most convenient for you, when it's more likely you'll actually develop a routine, that's the best time to floss.  It's the regularity that's most important, here. Once you get in the habit, you'll start to realize the benefits in no time!

Oh, and there's actually one more benefit to flossing regularly we haven't mentioned yet: you actually look forward to that question at your next visit to the dentist: "have you been flossing regularly?"

Flossing is key to having a great checkup with your dentist. Another important part of having a great dental checkup is to schedule it! We'd love to see you! Just give us a call: (509) 381-7906.