Flossing Facts: And Why You Should Floss
Flossing has been a much debated topic of recent and we’re here to give you the inside scoop! Yes, we’ve read those articles trying to debunk the benefits of flossing and they are simply outrageous. So take a couple minutes and give this a quick read.
What does floss do?
Floss is intended to remove the trapped particles of food between your teeth as well as the bacterial film that can turn into harmful things like cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, and more..
In America today, flossing is not a priority and often overlooked- but, over a third of each tooth goes uncleaned by a simple brushing. This tool is perfectly designed for between your teeth and gums. With that said, here are some floss statistics in that will hopefully get you flossing..
Flossing Helps Prevent:
- Tooth Decay
- Plaque Build up
- Gum Disease
- Tooth Loss
After those staggering statistics, we must make a more conscious effort to floss. The ADA suggests that flossing before you brush also helps make brushing more effective: With less plaque caught between your teeth, the fluoride in toothpaste can get to more parts of your mouth. Think of floss and a toothbrush as a detail paintbrush and paint roller, respectively. You could paint your living room walls with just one of the tools, but using them together will provide a much more satisfactory result [source: A.D.A.].
In closing, let’s get to flossing! The numbers of health disorders due to poor oral hygiene continues to rise. So be on the forefront and stay up on your oral hygiene. The end result is a beautiful and healthy smile.
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Since graduating from the USC School of Dentistry with academic honors, Dr. Ericson has been dedicated to furthering his scope of practice and helping patients feel anxiety-free through every treatment. He has completed extensive training and continuing education, excelling at two residencies in implant surgery and multiple residencies in advanced bone grafting, gum grafting, oral surgery, and surgical orthodontics. Dr. Ericson is also a graduate of the advanced prosthodontics program at the prestigious Kois Center in Seattle, WA.