June 24, 2016
Even if you are diligent at flossing, you may have experienced some of the negative effects that are often the result of not flossing at all. It could be possible you are not flossing correctly, or are not giving it the amount of time it deserves. At Dental Care Today, Dr. E. Dale Behner is passionate about the health of your teeth and gums. We know how frustrating it can be to not understand something, and we are committed to helping you understand why you should and how you can floss correctly.
- Understanding the Repercussions – Sometimes understanding the repercussions of not flossing will help you jumpstart a dental hygiene routine. Gingivitis and eventual periodontal disease are some of the common results of neglected dental hygiene. The gums become red, swollen and tender. This often leads to bone loss and weakened tooth structure. In some cases, researchers have discovered links from heart disease and diabetes to gum disease. As you can see, there are some serious health concerns to consider if you choose not to floss.
- Flossing Every Day –Flossing correctly means that you do it every day. The time of day does not make a huge difference, and neither does whether you do it before or after brushing. The important part is that it gets done. You eat every day, so you should floss the food particles out every day as well.
- Using the Right Product – The exact same dental floss is not right for everyone. You might not be able to stand the feeling of floss wrapped around your fingers, and that is okay! Instead, you could consider flossing picks. Do you prefer waxed or unwaxed? Are the spaces between your teeth varied in space? Ultra floss might be best for you. Oral irrigators and dental tape are other products that you might try if traditional floss is not working.
Your oral health is important. At Dental Care Today, we want to help you understand that. To speak with Dr. Behner, your experienced dentist in Fishers, IN, contact us today by calling 317-348-3919.