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What We Found Out About Flossing
Be honest- do you floss every day? It can be kind of a pain to fit into your busy schedule, especially at the end of the day when you’re tired and just want to go to bed. Additionally, there has recently been buzz about flossing not being that important after all, which may give you a moment’s pause before reaching for that package of dental floss. Bad news for those of you who hate flossing, though- it really is an extremely important part of your dental health regimen, and one you should do on a daily basis to ward off gingivitis, periodontitis and tooth loss down the road. Here is what our dentist office found out about the oral health practice we love to hate.
When we eat, food particles get trapped in all the little nooks and crannies between our teeth and gums. Keeping it trapped there can lead to all kinds of unpleasant issues, including bad breath, cavities and gum disease. Using dental floss to get between your teeth and gums and get those particles out of your mouth is essential to your overall dental health, despite what you may have heard in the media recently. Though the research which initially suggested that flossing was inconsequential is not yet disproven, it is still a good idea to keep flossing under your family dentist’s recommendations until more substantial evidence presents itself.
Meanwhile, if you really hate flossing, there are alternatives which exist that can still give your mouth the benefit of an all-over clean without having to mess with all that floss. One solution, dental flosser picks, are little pieces of pre-strung floss pulled taut against a small, disposable plastic device. These flossers are a lot less hassle than the traditional dental floss method, and their small size effectively enables you to get into those hard-to-reach places. On a comfort level, it is still approximately the same amount of discomfort as regular flossing, but it can be a lot more convenient.
If you want to skip the floss altogether, you may want to look into a WaterPik or Air Flosser. These devices shoot tiny jet-streams of air or water between your teeth to blast out any particles that may be lurking in the dark corners. Though still not considered as effective as regular flossing, they are certainly better than brushing alone and in fact come highly recommended for people with braces or dental implants, bridgework, crowns or any other dental work that obscures or covers natural teeth.
Bottom line- you should still keep flossing, or find a suitable alternative such as a flosser, Air Flosser or WaterPik, until more evidence is available to either prove or disprove the recent claims about flossing being unnecessary. To help keep your teeth and gums healthy, don’t forget to schedule semiannual dental exams and cleanings in addition to your daily brushing and flossing regimen. The staff at Aesthetic Dental is here for any residents in or around the Santa Clarita area who are looking for a trustworthy and gentle dentist. Schedule your checkup with the pros at Aesthetic Dental today for a bright smile tomorrow!
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