[according to the article] all that flossing may be overrated. No need to worry. The overriding body of evidence supports what we have always been told, especially by your SEDA dental professionals – you should floss. Unlike a toothbrush, which cleans the tops and outer surfaces of the teeth and gums, floss is an interdental cleaner — it’s designed specifically to clean the tight spaces between the teeth and the gap between the base of the teeth and the gums.
The Bottom Line
Proper dental care — including regular flossing — can do more than keep your smile pretty and healthy. A healthy mouth can also help prevent much more serious diseases, some of which can be life threatening [source: CDC]. Extensive research has shown that the bacteria that flourish in an unhealthy mouth can harm the rest of the body, leading to heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illness.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, so if periodontal disease — disease of the teeth, gums and mouth — contribute to these systemic diseases, then a tool such as flossing that helps improve oral health can play a major role in improving public health. It’s a small, simple step that can have huge implications for your long-term health [sources: CDC, American Diabetes Association].
Bottom line. To floss or not to floss? No question. Floss, if you want to remain happy and healthy. Call SEDA Dental today to schedule an appointment for a cleaning and see if you’re flossing correctly!