While you may think you’re looking after your dental health perfectly well by just brushing your teeth twice a day, have you ever thought about what else you should be incorporating into your dental routine? Daily flossing is also important and one thing most of us forget to do – despite its important role in dental health. Today, we’re going to explain just how essential it is to floss as we share our top healthcare advice…
Flossing is important because it cleans much deeper than any toothbrush can. While a toothbrush cleans the tops and outer surfaces of the teeth, flossing can get to all those hard to reach areas between the teeth. It’s here that stubborn tartar can build and pieces of food can gather, which in the long term can cause decay and dental problems if not removed.
Despite the importance of flossing, a recent study has revealed that many of us don’t do it at all. In fact, the study even found that we lie about it to our dentists!
The results revealed:
While we briefly touched on this above, this topic certainly deserves more coverage. It’s often a lack of understanding or knowledge of the potential problems that results in people continuing with poor dental care.
The main concern about not flossing is the gum related issues that may result from not doing so, such as gum disease. Gum disease has also been linked with more general health conditions over recent years, such as diabetes, strokes, poor pregnancy outcomes and dementia – so it really pays to look after them!
For more healthcare advice or dental tips, book an appointment to see your AP Smilecare dentist today. We also have a selection of dental healthcare products available on-site – such as toothbrushes and flosses – which you can pop in and shop at any time.
Posted on: 31st Aug, 2015