Not too long ago, I wrote about 3 tips that help avoid cavities in children and within the dental tips that were laid out one of them was about teaching and encouraging your children to floss. Well today I’m going to expand upon the practice of flossing your teeth and how crucial flossing your teeth is to your overall health. As a cosmetic dentist in Irmo, I feel it is my duty to provide you with this information as it could mean the difference in your health in your later years of life.
Fact: regular tooth brushing is not an effective way of preventing cavities, tooth decay, tooth loss and gum disease. Not only that but tooth decay and gum loss lead usually and eventually lead to gum and periodontal disease and the loss of bone density.
Did you know that 60% of the population has gingivitis or gum disease and are not aware of it? Did you know that gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease and if left untreated leads to a more serious conditions and overall health issues? I cannot count how many times I’ve witnessed tooth decay with my dental patients that brush regularly but never thought of the importance of flossing.
Dental floss cleans in between the teeth, where a toothbrush can’t reach. And those areas that a tooth brush can’t reach are actually the most important areas to keep clean and the most dangerous areas for tooth decay. Floss is the single most important weapon against plaque, perhaps some suggest, even more important than the toothbrush.
Dental floss removes plaque and debris that adhere to teeth and gums in between teeth, polishes tooth surfaces and controls bad breath. Many people don’t spend enough time flossing or brushing, and many have never been taught to floss or brush correctly.
Make sure to ask Dr. Wych or one of his staff for proper flossing instructions the next time you are in for a dental checkup. I can safely say, the best advice I can give to all my patients is to floss at least once a day, at the very minimum and to always try to remember to teach your children about flossing as well. It could save their life.