Loose teeth, persistent bad breath, and painful, bleeding gums are telltale signs of periodontal, or gum, disease. Sadly, this condition can silently develop, posing risks of irreversible damage to your oral health if left untreated. The good news? Periodontal disease is preventable, and one of the most effective tools in your arsenal requires just a minute of your time each day.

Flossing: Your Dental Health Ally

Dental floss emerges as a simple yet powerful tool in the fight against periodontal disease. Periodontal disease stems from plaque and bacteria buildup, and despite thorough brushing for at least two minutes, twice a day, adding daily flossing to your routine is crucial. Dental floss excels in reaching areas where your toothbrush can’t, such as small gaps and tight spaces between teeth, which trap food debris, sugars, and acids from beverages throughout the day. Flossing effectively removes these particles, promoting clean and healthy gums.

Facts About Flossing

Surprisingly, only 40% of Americans floss daily, according to a survey cited by the American Dental Association. Yet, this study highlights a clear correlation between regular intra-oral care and improved oral health. Unfortunately, many individuals misrepresent their flossing habits, with a study from the American Academy of Periodontology revealing that 27% of adults lie to their dentist about their flossing frequency.

Tips for Effective Flossing

Using dental floss correctly can be perplexing for some. Begin by cutting around 18 inches of floss and wrapping the majority of it around your middle finger. Use approximately one inch to clean between each pair of teeth, carefully sliding the floss between teeth with your thumb and index finger. Aim for the gum line while being gentle to avoid cutting your gums. As you progress through the 18 inches of floss, use a fresh section for each pair of adjacent teeth.

Just a minute spent flossing each day contributes to a lifetime of optimal oral health. Flossing stands as one of the most potent tools at your disposal for maintaining clean and healthy gums. Cultivate the habit of regular flossing – your gums will appreciate it.

For more insights on gum health or to schedule a visit to our office, reach out to our team at Evergrin Dental of Hingham today. Your gum health matters, and we’re here to help you preserve it.

Evergrin Dental of Hingham
Phone: (781) 836-5230
400 Lincoln St Unit 21
Hingham, MA 02043