Just Do It…Floss. Need We Say More?

You may be brushing twice a day – because you know you should – but are you flossing?

Even though brushing and flossing twice a day is the number one way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease, many people continue to neglect the flossing part. Teeth whitening procedures are popular, as well as veneers, crowns and orthodontics – so, people clearly want whiter, straighter and prettier teeth. Mouthwash and toothpaste choices abound. But, resisting flossing is a sure-fire way to find yourself with cavities.

The story goes that dental floss was invented many years ago by an American dentist who asked his patients to clean between their teeth with silk thread. Silk dental floss was manufactured in the late 1880’s, but by the 1940’s, nylon thread had replaced silk, and waxed floss was introduced. Today, there are a wide variety of flossing options at your fingertips.

If you aren’t one of the “flossers,” and need a bit more convincing, here are a few reasons why you should make flossing a habit – and as they say, a good habit only takes three weeks to solidify – so here’s why you should begin flossing, now:

  • Flossing encourages sweeter, fresher breath.
  • Flossing strengthens your gums which helps prevent gum disease and tooth loss.
  • Flossing reaches areas and protects your back teeth where most tooth decay and gum disease occur.
  • Flossing removes plaque, which also helps prevent gum disease.
  • When plaque is attacked by flossing, harmful bacteria is eliminated and cannot find its way to other parts of your body.
  • Making flossing a daily habit not only keeps your teeth healthy but it contributes to good dental hygiene which is an essential part of your overall health.
  • Flossing shouldn’t hurt. If it does, you haven’t been flossing regularly.

And as a gentle reminder: If a thorough, professional dental cleaning is not on your radar, it needs to be. Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lerner or Dr. Lemongello, today: (561) 627-9000.

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