When is the last time you flossed your teeth? Be honest. No one is going to know or tell on you. But seriously, we get it. Flossing teeth isn’t always the most fun thing to do in the world. It tends to be something that many people forget to do in their daily oral hygiene routine. Even people who diligently brush their teeth and never miss a morning or night of brushing might go days without flossing. While we know that this is a common thing to forget, at Sherman Oaks Dental, we encourage our patients to make flossing daily a habit. There are many reasons why it is so important to floss daily.
As a Statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Explains,
“Flossing is an important oral hygiene practice. Tooth decay and gum disease can develop when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth and along the gum line. Professional cleaning, tooth brushing, and cleaning between teeth (flossing and the use of other tools such as interdental brushes) have been shown to disrupt and remove plaque.”
At Sherman Oaks Dental, we know that flossing is an essential part of keeping your gums and teeth clean. Flossing removes plaque that can lead to gum disease. If you don’t floss regularly, you might notice sensitive gums or even bleeding when you do floss. Buy regularly flossing you can avoid these issues. Flossing can also lead to better smelling breath.
Toothbrushes can’t reach the places on teeth and gums that flossing can. If you don’t like regular string floss, other interdental cleaning products work well. There are many products out there that make flossing simpler and more effective depending on the patient and their preference If you have any questions about the effectiveness of a flossing method, please feel free to ask us questions. We are happy to help!
We Issue a Flossing Challenge!
Our Naperville family dentist issues a challenge to each of our patients to floss each day. This simple, quick habit will lead healthier mouths and smiles. It’s a simple thing to do! It’s just a matter of making flossing a habit.
As your Naperville family dentist, we are here to provide central services to the whole family. Give us a call to schedule an appointment. Our front desk staff are professional and happy to help!