Your entire life you have been told to brush your teeth twice a day and to floss daily. Despite recommendations, many do not fully understand the importance of flossing. In light of recent headlines saying flossing is not as important as once believed, you are probably left quite confused as to whether or not you really need to floss your teeth. As your dentist in Englewood, we are here to clear the air about daily flossing. If you want to protect your oral and overall health, you need to floss your teeth.
Why Do I Need to Floss My Teeth?
Even with the best brushing techniques, your toothbrush is not capable of removing plaque and tarter accumulations from in between the teeth and around the gum line. The only way to remove the buildup is with flossing. If the accumulations are not removed, you are prone to developing gum disease. Gum disease is an infection that occurs in the gums, which is estimated to affect more than 50% of adults. Over time, periodontal disease will wreak havoc on your oral health, eventually leading to tooth loss.
However, your oral health is not the only area to be impacted by the infection. Gum disease is directly linked to causing significant overall health complications. In fact, it is shown to cause cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
While flossing has been recommended by dentists for decades, 20% of Americans never floss their teeth while another six out of ten Americans do not floss their teeth each day. In addition, 27% of Americans admit to lying to their dentist about flossing daily. With many shortcomings already present when it comes to flossing, the number of people who floss daily is expected to decline due to a recent article by the Associated Press.
The Associated Press reported that flossing is ineffective due to lack of research. However, the problem with the Associated Press’s claims is that the studies they reviewed were not on a large scale and did not follow the success of flossing long-term. Despite their claims, the American Dental Association continues to support daily flossing due to the clinical documentation of its success.
As a dentist in Venice, Tarpon Shores Dental encourages patients to floss their teeth each day as we see first-hand the results it produces. With the risks of gum disease vast and prevalent, we recommend you floss to protect your oral and overall health.
How Do I Floss Correctly?
You need to choose an ADA approved dental floss, which means it is proven safe and effective for use. Floss in between each tooth by forming a “C” shape around the tooth. Slide the floss down to the gum line and back up to the crown of the tooth. Repeat this process for each tooth.