According to an American Dental Association quiz, most Americans floss about twice a week.
Fact: You should floss daily!
We know you hate it, but flossing is one of the most important things you can do for the health of your mouth and teeth. Floss removes plaque-a colorless, sticky film of bacteria-and reaches surfaces between the teeth and under your gumline that a toothbrush simply can’t get to. This is crucial in preventing cavities and gum disease!
There are other overall health benefits from flossing too. Read this excerpt from RealAge (http://www.realage.com/heart-disease/healthy-teeth-healthy-heart) below.
“As if that weren’t reason enough to floss, now research suggests that regular flossing may affect more than the health of your mouth.
- Flossing may protect your heart. Research has shown a link between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease. And although they’re not sure what is behind the connection between flossing and heart disease, it makes the simple task of flossing a no-brainer for optimal health.
- Flossing may protect your arteries. Flossing and clogged arteries also may be related. Inflammation is a crucial link in the causal chain that leads to arterial plaque and obstruction. Researchers also speculate that bacteria from the mouth may enter the bloodstream and contribute to inflammation and artery clogging.
- Flossing may reduce your risk of diabetes and its complications. If you already have certain health concerns, flossing may help protect you from any further health complications. For example, periodontal disease appears to make insulin resistance worse. When cells require more insulin to take up blood sugar from the bloodstream, blood insulin and, eventually, blood sugar levels will rise. Increases in blood insulin and blood sugar levels both have undesirable effects, such as the development of type 2 diabetes.”
If you would like more instruction on how to floss properly, be sure to ask Dr. Hagedorn, Natalie, or Kathy during your next exam and cleaning. We are happy to offer complimentary floss or floss picks.