For National Dental Hygiene Month we help answer the question, Is it necessary to floss?
OKLAHOMA- Have you ever wondered if flossing your teeth really helps prevent inflammation of the gums, or what’s called gingivitis?
Dr. Tim Pruett, a dentist in Tavares, Fla., and the inventor of the Flossolution, a sonic energy-powered flossing system says ” One of the newer things we found is that a lot of gum tissue response to gingivitis and periodontal disease is dependent on the person. The way your immune system responds, your inflammatory reaction, how you respond to the presence of biofilm.”
Not all people respond to flossing their teeth the same way. But, it has been proven that removing the debris from teeth minimizes the chances of an inflammatory reaction.
PubMed Health says: “Gingivitis is a form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is inflammation and infection that destroys the tissues that support the teeth, including the gums, the periodontal ligaments, and the tooth sockets.”
“Gingivitis is due to the long-term effects of plague deposits on your teeth. Plague is a sticky material made of bacteria, mucus, and food debris that develops on the exposed parts of the teeth. It’s a major cause of tooth decay.”
Dr. Peter Lockhart, Professor and chair of the department of Oral Medicine in N.C. says “If you want to keep them, you’ve got to keep them clean.”
The soul purpose of floss is to remove dental plague and biofilm from the surface of teeth, especially between teeth. Tooth brushes purposes are the same, but, tooth brushes can’t always reach the spaces between teeth like floss can.
Floss has been known to hurt your teeth if you don’t use it correctly. Here are a few tips to flossing from the experts.
“Always keep the dental floss extremely short and move it gently backwards and forwards so that it does not cause injury or grind fissures into the tooth. Waxed dental floss is preferable, mainly because it is easier to handle than unwaxed dental floss. Stretch it between your index finger and thumb. Then insert it between two teeth and pull the floss upwards along the sides of the teeth using a gentle backwards and forwards movement.” (The Gum Disease Information Bureau.)
Now you’ve heard it, flossing your teeth is in-fact important to dental health.
To learn more about floss visit The Gum Disease Information Bureau website.