If you’ve been anywhere on social media lately you’ve seen the buzz. Are you wondering why flossing is a trending topic? That boring hygiene habit hardly seems very newsworthy. That is until an expert claims that the public may be able to stop doing it! According to an investigation, the Associated Press asked the government for evidence that supports the benefits of flossing. The shocking response was that there wasn’t any! There was no conclusive evidence that flossing had any medical benefits. For years, dentists across the country have emphasized the importance of daily flossing to their patients. And the dental community isn’t quite ready to give up flossing yet! Dr. Hill stands firmly behind his stance of always recommending flossing from his patients.
Our mouths are virtual cesspools for bacteria. It’s the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and multiple. The best way to prevent our mouths from being a battleground for bacteria? Good oral hygiene. And yes, that still includes flossing. Brushing is great for removing food and bacteria from the surface of our teeth and tongues, but what about the gunk that gets trapped between our teeth and underneath our gum line? If left untreated, that bacteria can cause some pretty nasty problems. Bacteria in our mouths can ultimately lead to periodontal disease, a disease characterized by infections and inflammation of the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a whopping 47% of adults over the age of 30 have some of periodontal disease. So how does flossing play into all this? If left untreated, the bacteria that causes periodontal disease turns into plaque. The plaque eventually hardens, forming tartar, and that tartar build-up can quickly and easily spread below the gum line. The only effective way to reach that area to keep it plaque and tartar-free is, you guessed it, by flossing.
But that’s not all! While popping a mint or two can freshen your breath for a bit, to really banish that bad breath, flossing regularly is key. Because food particles are notoriously stubborn and like to wedge themselves in the tiniest little crevices of mouths, a tooth brush alone just isn’t going to get the job done. Flossing allows you to remove food from between your teeth and under your gums to ensure that your mouth is as fresh as possible.
So, before you toss that spool of floss in the trash for good, stop and ask yourself if ridding yourself of the minor inconvenience of flossing is worth the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Sure, it may add a few minutes to your bedtime routine, but you wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry? Your oral health is important, so don’t ditch the floss just yet, and remember to schedule annual cleanings and exams with your dentist. Give Dr. Hill’s office a call today at (469)- 656- 4516 to schedule your appointment.