Only a small percentage of the population reports consistent flossing. Even some of our patients blatantly admit that they haven’t added it to their daily routine. We understand, and we’ll be the first to admit that flossing isn’t fun.
It can feel like a chore and can be quite time-consuming if you’re not used to doing it, but the benefits far outweigh the cons. In this blog, we’ll explain why flossing is necessary (and alternatives, if you’re still not convinced).
ONLY SCRATCHING THE SURFACE
You wouldn’t shower without washing every nook and cranny of your body, right? Flossing is the same. While brushing your teeth is important, it’s comparable to showering without scrubbing your armpits. It removes plaque from the surface of your teeth but can’t clean those hard to reach places.
Flossing removes the plaque and bacteria that your toothbrush misses. It ensures that the sides of your teeth are as clean as the surfaces and improves your gum health. That leads us to our next point.
STOP BLEEDING GUMS
Most patients stop flossing because it causes their gums to bleed, but what if we told you that that’s the opposite of what you should be doing? Flossing actually helps prevent bleeding gums and gum disease. The American Academy of Periodontology explains,
Flossing is an effective and useful way to remove the plaque, especially in between the teeth or under the gum line-places where a toothbrush cannot reach. Gingivitis, the mildest form of periodontal disease, is often reversible with periodontal therapy and diligent home care. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into more severe periodontal disease, a leading cause of tooth loss that may also increase the risk of developing other systemic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.
That’s right. With a consistent flossing schedule, your gums should toughen up and stop bleeding in a matter of weeks!
If you’re still not convinced that flossing is the right move for you, here are a few easy alternatives to consider:
- Soft-pick (a toothpick made up of soft bristles)
- Waterpik (a small water jet that removes debris)
- Air floss (We recommend the Philips brand)
- Dental floss holders
- Proxabrushes (tiny toothbrushes that can fit in the spaces between your teeth)
Questions, comments, concerns? We’re all ears. The Palladium Dental team is here to help. Gives us a call at (613)-591-0834 or schedule your next visit today.