What are you thankful for? What would you like for Christmas?
We can think of a lot of things you might want, and one thing that you definitely don’t — gum disease. Periodontal problems are the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.
We don’t want you to be wishing for your two front teeth this year. We want you and your loved ones to keep you healthy and happy smiles for as long as possible.
We can treat periodontal disease at Wayne Dental Care and restore smiles, but we would prefer to help you prevent those problems whenever we can. For that reason, we hope you have a good daily oral care routine and that you get regular dental checkups.
Call 610-227-6143 today to schedule your next appointment at our office in Wayne, PA. Keep reading to learn more about why flossing needs to be part of your oral hygiene.
Focus On Prevention
The Friday after Thanksgiving is National Flossing Day. That makes this a good time to remind you that the American Dental Association recommends cleaning between your teeth every single day.
Unfortunately, this is not what most people do. We are basing that statement on experience and on a recent ADA survey. Only four in 10 respondents in that survey reported that the flossed daily. To look at this another way, a majority of people admitted that they do not floss every day, and that included 20 percent of people who said they never floss.
Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but a majority of people in the United States develop gum disease during their lives, too.
Flossing — along with brushing and professional dental cleanings and exams — can greatly reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum infections. Brushing is an efficient way to remove bacteria, plaque, and food particles from your mouth. It’s just as good for cleaning between teeth and below your gumline.
By using dental floss, you can reach those harder to clean spaces. Yet, many people just don’t like flossing. At least, they don’t like using dental floss. If you are one of them, you have some other options to consider.
Several patients prefer the comfort of using flossers. You can find these in the toothpaste aisle of many stores. They have a strand of floss on one end and a short handle on the other. This can help you reach the teeth in the back of your mouth a little easier.
If you want to avoid floss itself, a water pick may be a better choice for you. Water picks uses a stream of water to flush plaque and food particles out of places they can hide from a toothbrush. When used correctly, water picks can be as effective as dental floss.
Be Proactive About Your Smile
We want you to wake up with a big smile on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and many holidays afterward. By protecting your mouth against gum disease, you can keep your teeth where they should be.