Do You Floss Daily?

We’ve all been told a million times over that flossing is important for our overall dental health. From the time, we were physically able to hold our own toothbrushes the need for flossing has been branded into our psyche but why? Why the need for this methodical practice of monotonously pulling string through our teeth? It’s certainly not for the thrill of it. So what is it for and how much harm can choosing to not floss do? We’re so glad you asked!

Here are the nuts and bolts of it. Flossing is known as an interdental cleaner. Using floss to reach those hard to reach places is less about removing food and more about eliminating plaque. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize the importance of this hygiene step and resort to simply brushing their teeth and skipping over step two which is flossing. Most people are not aware of the damage that is caused as plaque builds up over time and overlook the need for flossing and routine deep cleanings from a dental professional. The extreme case of plaque build-up is known as tartar and can lead to severe cases of gingivitis.

Gingivitis is a common gum disease usually caused by poor dental hygiene habits including, the number one culprit, not flossing! Signs of gingivitis are red swollen gums and can lead to an even more serious condition called periodontitis causing tooth and bone loss. These stages of gum disease can cause extreme pain and discomfort. They have also been noted to have other effects on the body. If you have noticed a change in the coloration of your gums or swelling of the gums, contact your dentist to schedule a routine check-up. Knowing that these conditions are highly preventable, we strongly recommend brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily as a dental hygiene regimen. For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. McCauley call 561-272-8555.