Flossing – Stop The Excuses
If you are not flossing on a daily basis, what is your excuse? Although the American Dental Association makes their flossing recommendation clear, there still remains up to 49% of Americans that confess that do not floss on a daily basis. Whether it is time, pain, bleeding or a lack of know-how, it is time to put your flossing excuses aside and learn the consequences of neglecting this important oral hygiene habit.
Flossing offers the following benefits towards a healthy smile and it can even promote your overall health by eliminating harmful bacteria that could reach cardiac tissues:
• Cavity Prevention
• Reduce Plaque and Tartar Buildup
• Gum Disease Prevention
• Avoid Bad Breath
• Heart Disease Prevention
Gilreath Dental Associates proudly educates patients of all ages on the most appropriate and beneficial oral hygiene routines. There are many types, flavors and methods of flossing. Floss comes in waxed and unwaxed forms, which differ based on their strength and ability to reach tighter spaces. You can also opt for a Y-shaped floss holder if you lack dexterity. Patients who want to added assistance can choose from irrigation devices or electric flossing tools such as Sonicare Air Floss. Find one that works best for you and start making it a habit. Flossing only before you dental appointment will not provide any long-term benefits.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates