Picture it: You’ve settled into the chair at the dentist’s office and then you hear the dreaded question: How often are you flossing? All jokes aside, there’s a reason why your dentist or dental hygienist always brings up the topic of flossing. While flossing isn’t a replacement for brushing your teeth, it’s an important step in a healthy dental routine, and here’s why:
Prevention of Gum Disease
When you brush your teeth, you’re removing plaque and bacteria build-up that can contribute to cavities and gum disease. Flossing, however, is another effective step in keeping both of these things at bay. There are some hard-to-reach spaces between teeth that the bristles of your toothbrush can’t get to where floss comes in handy. Plus, you can use your floss to actually get under your gum line where bad bacteria may like to hide out.
If you’re not a fan of traditional dental floss, there are other flossing options available to you including water flossers and interdental brushes. The important thing is that you’re using something to floss in between your teeth to lessen your chance of future dental issues.
The Importance of Gum Health
The simple act of flossing at least once a day can help you avoid the symptoms of gum disease. Common symptoms include bleeding gums, tender and swollen gums, and receding gums. On top of that, gum disease is actually linked to heart disease. By flossing regularly, you’re doing more than just taking care of your dental hygiene; you’re looking out for your overall wellness.
Beautiful, Healthy Smiles at Michael Giovannini DDS, Inc.
If you need some tips for correct flossing technique or recommendations for what kind of floss is best suited to your teeth, feel free to ask our team. At Michael P. Giovannini DDS, Inc. we are always here to help our community enjoy beautiful, healthy smiles. Our doors are also open for any other dental-related concerns you may have. Just call or email our Palmdale practice to set up your next visit!