So Can You Stop Flossing…or Not?
Just about everybody saw the news headlines when the news came out about the fact that flossing was being dropped from federal health guidelines.
If you didn’t like flossing before, it seems as if you have the best excuse ever to not stick with it. We’re not going to let you off that easy. Here’s what you really need to know:
Brushing can’t clean between your teeth. It’s an amazing concept to grasp, but toothbrushes can’t reach between your teeth or under the gumlines. Therefore, you physically can’t remove bacteria, acids, or sugars that are hiding in those areas.
Biofilm starts working its way under your gums if it isn’t removed. When bacteria isn’t cleaned away, your body will try to attack it on its own. This causes a sort of self-destructing cycle where the attachment tissues around the area are destroyed as antibodies rush into the infected area to do their job. Unfortunately, those attachment structures can’t always regrow themselves on their own.
Periodontal disease doesn’t just cause tooth loss. Yes, the infection causes your gums to detach, bone to recede, and teeth to become mobile and fall out. But it’s also linked with specific health concerns like diabetes, erectile dysfunction, cardiovascular diseases, and more. Ignoring the inflammation in your mouth makes it harder to fight off other health problems.
Your breath will smell. If bacteria and food particles aren’t removed, they’re going to start giving off some not-so-great odors in the meantime. When halitosis is a problem, the #1 step is to re-evaluate your oral hygiene habits. One of the best ways to combat these problems is to physically remove bacterial plaque on a daily basis. How do you do that? With floss. Maybe the floss manufacturers don’t have scientific journals to say that it works, but as dentists, we already know that it does. If you think you have gingivitis, call SEDA Dental to get in for a cleaning ASAP!