A Public Service Announcement About Flossing
Recently, flossing has been the talk of the town. While we are thrilled that so many people are discussing flossing, we aren’t too happy to hear why: our federal government decided to remove a recommendation in the Department of Health and Human Services dietary guidelines advising the use of floss.
We Can’t Disagree More
The reason behind the government removing the flossing recommendation is the statement that they couldn’t find any long-term studies that flossing daily provided any benefit to your oral health. Affiliated Dentists can’t disagree more.
Why Should We Keep Flossing?
Every single day, food particles and other debris coat all surfaces of our teeth, including in between them, which promotes bacteria growth. This leads to the buildup of plaque which, if not cleaned off regularly, in turn leads to tooth decay, cavities, gingivitis, and gum recession. Flossing removes plaque build up to prevent tooth decay, cavities, gingivitis and gum recession.
The Benefits of Flossing Regularly
- flossing is the only effective way to remove plaque and bacteria from between your teeth other than a professional regular cleaning at your dental office
- flossing supplements the removal of plaque since brushing alone cannot remove it completely
- flossing cleans the gums where tooth decay and disease can start
- flossing promotes healthy gum tissue by reducing inflammation and bleeding
As you can see, flossing regularly does have many important benefits to your oral – and overall – health.
Flossing Is Imperative to Your Oral Health
There’s an old saying that goes: “only floss the teeth you want to keep.” Brushing your teeth is important, but it only removes the majority of the buildup on the surfaces of your teeth that you can see, so not underneath your gums, and not in between your teeth. Flossing is the only way to remove what is between your teeth to ensure bacteria doesn’t fester there. It is important to floss at least once a day or even after each meal.
Our Offer to You
We want to keep everyone talking about flossing, but in the positive way! Mention this blog at your next appointment and get free floss! This offer is good at both Affiliated Dentists locations in Madison, WI. Together we will help you achieve optimal oral health.