Twin Cities Dentist with the Facts!
By reading the weekly blog of your Twin Cities dentist at Northwood Dental, we think you should know by now the importance of a constant and well-maintained oral health regimen. Twice daily brushing and just as importantly- flossing daily – should be done to both prevent oral detriment and maintain amazing mouth status.
Flossing is by-far the “less popular” of the oral health regimen options and maybe that is because less focus goes into it compared to brushing. With that in mind and to hopefully peak your interest in flossing a bit more, today your Twin Cities dentist has accumulated some lesser known flossing facts for you to consider.
- Flossing can better your brushing: most patients will choose to floss after brushing, it is rather common. But by choosing to floss before you brush, you could be loosening up those stuck particles in between the teeth so that the brushing to follow is more efficient. Restructuring your regimen from time to time can have big benefits.
- It is not reusable: no matter if you choose to use the “classic” floss in a container that you have to cut pieces off of, or you use the tiny, new disposable flossers- do not reuse your floss. Even though the more noticeable chunks you pull from between your teeth may make you not even question this practice, it is what we can’t see that can matter. Even if your flossing didn’t apparently dislodge anything, the bacteria currently on the string can mean big problems if re-introduced to the mouth.
- The (not) magic number is 50: that is the percentage of patients that do not floss daily. Ten percent of that same group admit that they never floss, or barely ever do. Your Twin Cities dentists really hope you do not fall into this percentile.
Make sure you floss daily in order to prevent gum disease, decay, and even worse outcomes. Issues like heart disease and diabetes are being linked to gum disease more and more, so flossing daily may not just save your smile- but could save your life.
To find out more information about the power of daily flossing, contact your Twin Cities dentist at Northwood Dental today for an appointment by calling (651) 687-0789.