Everyone seems to have an excuse not to floss. But did you know that flossing can prevent a whole range of oral health concerns from gum disease to tooth loss? And, flossing could even save you time and money. Consistent, daily oral hygiene is the best way to protect your natural smiles and prevent the need for costly dental procedures. Atlanta, GA general dentist Dr. Alla Brown emphasizes the importance of flossing for your oral health.
No More Excuses, Floss!
Common Excuse: I have straight teeth that have no gaps in between them.
The Reality: Everyone has some amount of space in between your teeth. Flossing reaches surfaces of your teeth that brushing can not. Flossing removes food debris and most importantly flossing removes plaque build up where bacteria grows. Even if your teeth appear very close together the reality is that bacteria will grow in between your teeth. Plaque is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease.
Common Excuse: Flossing just takes up too much of my time.
The Reality: Sitting in a dental chair for dental fillings or a root canal takes a lot longer. You can properly floss your teeth in about 1 to 2 minutes. Flossing can deter the development of serious dental health concerns that will require complex, advanced dental procedures to treat.
Common Excuse: I do not know if I am flossing right.
The Reality: That is okay, a lot of people are unsure if they are flossing right. Dr. Brown and our dental care team will be happy to advise you on proper flossing techniques that will benefit the health of your teeth and gums.
Common Excuse: My gums bleed when I floss.
The Reality: If your gums are bleeding, then flossing is extra important! If your gums bleed when you floss, you are most likely already showing signs of gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums that left untreated can cause bone loss, tooth loss, and systemic disease. The most effective way to combat and prevent gum disease is by flossing and brushing twice daily to remove the build up plaque that bacteria feeds on.
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Regular visits to Dr. Brown allow for early diagnosis of any oral health concerns such as gum disease or tooth decay. Early diagnosis is key for effective and conservative dental care. Contact our Atlanta dentist office or schedule a consultation online to learn more about how comprehensive and conservative dental care can improve your smile.