What’s Your Excuse For Not Flossing?

  • Posted on: Oct 30 2015
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Brush and floss and brush and floss…you know this drill…it’s the best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease. You are probably brushing your teeth…but are you flossing them at least once a day?

dental flossingThe invention of dental floss theoretically goes to an American dentist who insisted his patients clean between their teeth with fine, silk thread. This was nearly 200 years ago. Unwaxed, silk dental floss was first manufactured in the late 1880s. By the 1940s, nylon thread had replaced silk, and waxed floss was introduced. Today, a variety of floss styles, options and flavors are at your fingertips.

After years of education about the effectiveness of flossing, many people do not floss. Tooth whitening is popular, along with straightening and veneers. There are many mouthwash choices on the market…clearly, we want fresher breath and whiter teeth, but we resist one of the best ways to ensure a healthy mouth, gums and teeth.

As a gentle reminder if you are a “non-flosser,” here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t wait to make flossing a daily habit:
• Flossing strengthens your gums which helps prevent gum disease and tooth loss.
• Daily flossing encourages sweeter, fresher breath.
• Flossing reaches areas your toothbrush can’t.
• Regular flossing removes plaque, which also helps prevent gum disease.
• Flossing protects your back teeth where most decay and gum disease occur.
• Flossing doesn’t hurt. If it does, you haven’t been flossing regularly.

Last but not least, one of the most important reasons for making flossing a daily habit is that daily flossing not only keeps your teeth healthy but studies have shown that it contributes to good oral hygiene – which is an essential component of your overall health. When plaque is eliminated by flossing, harmful bacteria is also eliminated and cannot find its way to other parts of your body.

If it’s been awhile since you visited a dentist, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wylie, today. Get on track and make flossing your new, daily habit! (304) 845-2480.

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