To Floss or not to Floss?
I am sure by now that almost everyone has come across the article featuring “A big problem with flossing”. To be expected the dental field was outraged by such a senseless remark. As your dental health providers we see time and time again the benefits and risks that good home care from our patients can provide. The easiest way I can better educate the importance of flossing is by giving you a comparison.
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Most people have carpet in their homes. Some people try to take care and manage their carpets by leaving their shoes at the front door, as well as, weekly vacuuming or yearly steam cleanings. In comparison , flossing is like leaving your shoes by the front door. Flossing removes harmful bacteria from the gum-line to keep your gums healthy. Removing your shoes at the front door allows your carpet to maintain a clean state. Once you start to stain and expose your carpet to pollutants and bacteria it become worn and dirty. Eventually needing to be ripped out and replaced. Case and point, not flossing allows your gingival sulcus to be exposed to bacteria daily, and without proper removal, can eventually lead to periodontal disease and later on risks the possibility for tooth extraction or tooth decay.
Flossing is one of the most inexpensive and less timing consuming ways you can better your oral health and maintain a healthy smile for years to come. Proper home care is the easiest way to help yourself prevent any dental related issues. So instead of replacing your home with a brand new carpet or your mouth with multiple crowns and implants, lets try flossing again. Lets combat bacteria and keep our smiles happy and healthy for a lifetime.
Mallary Greene CDA, RDH
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