Do you shy away when your dentist asks how frequently you floss?
Of course, we all know that flossing every day is recommended for optimal dental health, but it can be a fairly difficult task if it’s not already a part of your daily routine. According to the Canadian Dental Association, 7 out of 10 Canadians will develop gum disease at some time in their lives. In many instances, lack of proper oral hygiene can be the main contributing factor to this common dental ailment.
While we understand that flossing isn’t the most exciting activity, it’s absolutely essential for maintaining a healthy smile. Think of flossing as an investment in your smile! The time spent flossing will actually end up preserving your smiles for years to come, along with providing countless additional benefits.
The Benefits of Flossing Each Day
Here at Oasis Family Dental, we believe that patient education is key to truly taking exceptional care of your dental health. If you’re still unconvinced about the importance of flossing, consider the following benefits it provides:
Avoid Gum Disease: Gum disease t is characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed upon probing. Flossing helps you avoid gum disease because it removes harmful bacteria that can cause infection and inflammation of the gum tissue.
Avoid Tooth Decay: Bacteria the in hard-to-reach areas between your teeth can also contribute to cavities. Flossing allows for you to routinely remove bacteria and plaque before they wreak havoc on your teeth.
Fresh Breath: Excess bacteria and food particles trapped in between teeth can contribute to bad breath. Instead of using mints and gum to cover your bad breath, try treating the problem at the source. Flossing each day will allow you to remove bacteria and enjoy fresher breath.
Whiter Teeth: When plaque isn’t removed regularly, it will eventually harden into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional. Tartar will typically appear as a yellow or brown stain on your teeth, which can seriously hinder the overall appearance of your smile. Flossing to remove plaque before it hardens will allow you to preserve the whiteness of your smile.
Save Money: Would you rather spend a few dollars on a package of floss or a few hundred on dental treatment? The answer is simple — floss every day to avoid dental problems in the future that will require costly treatment.
Contact Oasis Family Dental
Whether you have additional questions about oral hygiene or any other dental concern, we’re here to help! Contact our office today to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Elaine Chow.