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5 Health Benefits Of Daily Flossing

  • October 30, 2016
  • You may have seen a recent story in the news about flossing. The story creates conflicting information about the benefits of flossing. Most dentist agree that although there has not been extensive research into the benefits of flossing that it can’t hurt your oral health and can only help. The ADA will continue to advocate for daily flossing.

    Gilbart Dental Care advises our patients floss at least once a day. If you have questions about flossing or are concerned about the health of your gums, you can make an appointment at one of our three Maryland dental offices with either Dr. Jonathan Gilbart or Dr. Lucy Gilbart.

    • Hagerstown, MD dental office: 240-347-0910
    • Frederick, MD dental office: 240-513-7523
    • Ellicott City, MD dental office: 240-347-0614

    1. Floss Can Go Where Your Toothbrush Can’t

    The bristles of your toothbrush can only do so much. Floss is able to get down between your teeth and beneath your gumline. This helps remove plaque that could cause between-the-teeth cavities. And removing plaque beneath the gumline, it won’t turn into tartar that can lead to gum disease and cause tooth loss if left untreated. Staying on top of plaque with flossing and regular tooth brushing will also help maintain the beauty of your smile.

    2. Flossing Stimulates Your Gums

    Floss can help stimulate your gums and encourage good circulation. Healthy circulation promotes healing and health. If you’re new to flossing, you might notice that your gums now bleed less and are less sensitive.

    3. Flossing Can Help Reduce Gum Inflammation

    Researchers have begun drawing links between the inflamed gums that come with gum disease and other chronic health issues like:

    • Diabetes
    • Heart disease
    • Stroke
    • Dementia

    4. Flossing Can Cut Your Family’s Dental Costs

    Preventive care like flossing has been shown to reduce the cost in dental care for children by 40%. Parents who foster a relationship between their child and a dentist by their child’s first birthday tend to be better educated about their child’s dental care needs. Flossing is a fairly inexpensive trade-off for fewer dental visits.

    5. Flossing Can Help Keep Your Breath Fresh

    Even if you can’t haul your toothbrush with you everywhere you go or you don’t time to brush after eating a meal on the go, floss is very easy to keep on you. Floss can be kept in your purse, pocket, or car. Anywhere you can find a mirror, you can floss. Flossing after a meal will remove any bits of food trapped in your teeth that can cause bad breath.

    Flossing Alternatives

    • While flossing is the most often cited, there are other Interdental cleaning tools on the market:
    • Water flossers
    • Wooden plaque removers
    • Interdental brushes
    • Disposable floss sticks

    Before making the switch from traditional thread floss, you can consult with your dentist to make sure you’re making the best choice for your health.

    Other Steps You Can Take To Guard The Health Of Your Family’s Smiles

    While flossing is an important part of your family’s dental health, it isn’t the complete picture. Brushing twice a day is still one of the most important parts of maintaining your smile. Studies show it doesn’t matter if floss before or after you brush your teeth just that you floss. And while any toothbrush will do, there is some evidence that electric toothbrushes are gentler on your gums and remove ⅕ more plaque than manual toothbrushes.

    You’ll also want to continue, or begin to, visit Gilbart Dental Care once every six months for a professional teeth cleaning and dental exam. Once plaque build up on your teeth becomes tartar it can only be removed by a dental professional. And as we mentioned earlier, tartar can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and dull your smile.

    We can also give you and your children’s teeth preventative treatments like:

    • Dental sealants seal off the groovy surfaces of your teeth to the destructive bacteria that likes to hide out there
    • Fluoride treatments and varnishes strengthen your teeth against cavities and can even stop a developing cavity in its tracks
    • Cavity and oral cancer screens allow us to catch any oral health issues in their earliest stages when they’re the easiest to treat

    Use every resource available to you to protect your family from tooth decay and gum disease. Let Gilbart Dental Care be your partner in dental health. Call us today to schedule checkups for your entire family. We have three convenient Maryland locations:

    • Hagerstown, MD dental office: 240-347-0910
    • Frederick, MD dental office: 240-513-7523
    • Ellicott City, MD dental office: 240-347-0614

     

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