Flossing is not America’s favorite pastime. In fact, statistics from the American Dental Association show that half of Americans fail to floss as frequently as they should, and approximately 1 in 5 fail to floss at all. Some feel that brushing alone is enough, whereas others feel that flossing is an inconvenience or too intricate a task to take on each day. The truth is that brushing is not enough. Flossing combined with brushing is an essential tool for protecting both your teeth and your health.
Flossing Protects Your Teeth
Hate flossing? Can’t seem to find the time? There’s good news – you only need to floss your teeth if you plan on keeping them. It may sound extreme, but people who do not floss are more prone to tooth decay and gum disease, both of which are major causes of tooth loss. Flossing removes food particles as well as plaque that build between the teeth. It is important to remove buildup every day, because the buildup that is allowed to stay on teeth can harden into calculus. Over time, plaque and
calculus can lead to tooth decay, as well gum disease – both of which can lead to tooth loss. In fact, advanced gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in the U.S.
Flossing for Your Health
Few people equate oral health to systemic diseases, but multiple studies have revealed associations between gum disease and more serious medical conditions like heart disease and stroke. The American Academy of Periodontology reports that people with advanced gum disease are nearly two times as likely as others to develop coronary artery disease. Though researchers are unsure exactly why people with gum disease are more likely to develop these types of conditions, they warn that bacteria can more easily compromise the immune system when the gums are not healthy.
Make Flossing a Regular Part of Your Oral Care Routine
If you are one of the millions of Americans who have not made flossing the priority it should be, there is no better time than now to start putting your oral health first. At Lane Avenue Family Dentistry, we believe prevention is essential for a healthy mouth and body. Not to mention, it can save time and money on future dental treatment. If you live around Jacksonville, Florida and would like more information about adding flossing to your daily routine or choosing the right type of floss for you, ask your dentist or hygienist at your next dental appointment. Contact our office to schedule your next exam and cleaning. We look forward to seeing you soon.