To Floss or Not to Floss
Flossing has been in the news a lot lately. It seems that there are some people that are questioning the age old recommendation by dentists, that flossing daily is an important part of good dental health. Since this revelation has been on the news, many of our patients have asked us about flossing and whether it is actually a necessary part of their routine. We stand by the recommendation that flossing daily is important to having a healthy mouth, and here’s why.
- Reduce Decay – This is one of the biggest reasons that dentists still encourage patients to floss on a regular basis. Food and bacteria that become trapped between your teeth can lead to tooth decay. Not only can this decay occur between your teeth, but it can also contribute to decay that can occur in other parts of your mouth. Removing excess bacteria, plaque and the food that bacteria thrives on is the first step to having a clean and healthy mouth. You just can’t have a clean and healthy mouth, if you don’t floss on a daily basis.
- Protect Against Gum Disease – Gum disease is a serious issue. Not only does gum disease cause angry, bleeding, and sore gums, but it can also cause a host of other dental issues. Brushing twice per day can help with preventing gum disease, but flossing ensures that your gums are not being bombarded with unhealthy bacteria. If you think that gum disease is no big deal and you can skip flossing now and then, there are a host of dental problems that can be caused by gum disease including: tooth decay, abscesses in your gum or jaw, lose or teeth that fall out, and bone loss in the jaw. Gum disease has also been known to contribute to heart related problems, so keeping your mouth healthy and clean is the first step to a healthy body overall.
- Brighter Smile – Yes, not flossing can lead to staining of your teeth. When your teeth have stains, your smile looks yellow and dull. Many patients like the idea of a beautiful white smile, and some of our patients spend lots of money to have a clean white smile. However, the first step to keeping your smile white and healthy is a good routine of brushing and flossing. Flossing daily keeps stains from forming between your teeth. We do provide teeth whitening services, but to make this more effective, and for results to last as long as possible, don’t skip flossing.
- No Bad Breath – This is probably the least important of reasons to floss, but it is a great reason, none the less. No one wants to have bad breath. Bad breath makes you less enjoyable to be around. The bacteria that grow in your mouth are key contributors to bad breath, and if you aren’t flossing, and you are giving bacteria a great place to grow, you probably have bad breath. So, keeping your mouth clean and getting rid of food and bacteria between your teeth and having fresh breath is another great reason to floss daily.
While we love providing great cosmetic procedures to our clients, we don’t love when they are necessary procedures, due to tooth decay, gum disease and poor dental care. Flossing is an essential part of keeping a healthy mouth, and a beautiful smile.
Looking For A Great Dentist in The Troy, MI Area?
If you are looking for a great dentist serving the Troy area who can provide general dental care along with a variety of cosmetic services as well, look no further than Dr. Paul Mansky. Our dental office in Troy can care for every member of your family, whether you need regular cleanings or want to improve your smile with whitening, veneers or dental implants. To learn more about our office, please call us today at (248) 689-5508.