- November 26, 2018
Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays of the year! It’s a holiday built around delicious food, and that’s perfectly fine with us.
It’s also a great reminder of the importance of good oral hygiene. Did you know that the day after Thanksgiving is … National Flossing Day? Today, we want to dig a little deeper (no pun intended) into the importance of flossing for fighting gum disease and tooth decay.
Our team at Newingham Dental Center would be happy to answer any questions you might have about flossing when you visit us for a dental cleaning and exam. We also can provide treatment for periodontal disease if you suspect you may have it.
Either way, call us at 248-972-8720 to schedule your next dental checkup at our Birmingham, MI dental office.
Three Ways to Clean Between Your Teeth
You already know about the first option — dental floss.
It’s available in a variety of color, flavors, waxed or unwaxed, and widths. If you want to use floss, it’s easy to find one that works for you.
Flossing daily is important as a complement to your brushing. A toothbrush is an excellent way to clean the surface of your teeth. However, it’s not as good at cleaning the spaces between your teeth and below your gumline.
Floss is a good way to remove food particles (which can become fuel for cavity-causing bacteria) and plaque from those places.
Unfortunately, only 40 percent of respondents in a recent American Dental Association survey said that they floss daily. More concerning are the 20 percent of people who said they never floss.
If you either can’t or won’t use dental floss, you should consider another option.
Many people find flossers more convenient to use. With their short handles, these can be more comfortable than sticking your fingers into your mouth. You’ve probably seen them in the toothpaste aisle.
Another popular and convenient option is a water flosser. Like dental floss, you can find these in a number of styles. Instead of weaving a piece of string between your teeth, this tool creates a stream of water to flush out the in-between spaces.
All these are great options. We just want to offer some gentle encouragement to use one every day.
How Common is Gum Disease
Researchers conservatively estimate is that 7 in 10 people will develop periodontal disease at some point in their levels. (Some research place this at closer to 85 percent.) The Centers for Disease Control has reported that nearly half of Americans 30 years and older develop periodontitis, which is an advanced form of gum disease.
Many people aren’t aware that gum disease also is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. In other words, you should care for your gums if you like your teeth.
Brushing, flossing, and getting professional dental cleanings can greatly reduce your risk of gum infections. If you haven’t scheduled your next dental exam yet, visit us at Newingham Dental Center. Call 248-972-8720 or contact us online.