Gum Disease And Flossing: How to Prevent The Decay

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If you don't floss very often -- or at all -- you're dental health care provider, someone like Nasralla Phil Dr, is probably mystified as to how to convince you to floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities between teeth. What could motivate you to do this activity more often? Consider the statistics about flossing frequency and the research on how important flossing is for oral health.

Flossing Frequency

Survey results published in 2004 indicate that nearly half of Canadian residents don't floss daily, as dentists recommend people do. In fact, 19 percent say they never floss. A total of 29 percent say they floss between one and three times per week. 

Importance of Flossing

Flossing removes food particles and sticky plaque from between the teeth in areas where a toothbrush doesn't reach. If this isn't done regularly, the gums become irritated and tooth decay can occur. As the food particles break down, they develop an unpleasant odor that can lead to bad breath. Eventually, a person may lose teeth as the gum structure deteriorates. 

Why People Don't Floss

Why don't you floss more often? In the survey, people gave reasons for why they avoid flossing. Some reasons include forgetting, lack of time, discomfort and bleeding gums, the difficulty of flossing and not believing it's important. Yet some 75 percent of Canadians have the early-stage gum disease known as gingivitis. 

If You Really Dislike Flossing

If you refuse to floss daily, at least substitute another strategy that may be effective -- using an antiseptic mouthwash. The technique involves rinsing your mouth for 30 seconds twice per day with a product containing essential oils such as eucalyptol and thymol that kill bacteria. A study appearing in 2003 confirms this is useful, but only in combination with daily brushing and receiving regular professional dental care. 

In addition, do floss at least occasionally. Put the container of floss next to your toothbrush so you can't use forgetting as an excuse. Schedule an extra two minutes into your morning routine if time is an issue. It's better to floss occasionally than not at all. 

If you avoid flossing because it hurts your gums or makes them bleed, you'll find that flossing daily resolves these problems. 

The next time you have an appointment for a routine dental exam or a treatment, talk with the dentist about your aversion to flossing and ask about the best mouth rinses that can serve as an adjunct strategy for preventing cavities and gum disease. 


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