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Understanding The Importance of Sedation Dentistry

Celebrate National Flossing Day! Your Teeth Will Thank You

Franklin Steward

Did you know that the day after Thanksgiving is officially National Flossing Day? It was named such in 2000 by the National Flossing Council. All you have to do to celebrate is remember to floss your teeth – and then dedicate yourself to flossing at least once per day for the following year. To help inspire your participation in this important holiday, here's a look at a few benefits of flossing, and how to make your flossing routine easier.

Benefits of Flossing

Flossing removes plaque, which is a combination of food, saliva, and oral bacteria from between your teeth. In doing so, it reduces your risk of developing cavities between your teeth, where your toothbrush is not generally able to reach. Flossing also improves the health of your gums, since it reduces the levels of bacteria that cause gum disease. Have you been seeing some pink in the sink after brushing? This is an early sign of gum disease, and upping your flossing routine in honor of National Flossing Day is the key to staving it off before it gets worse.

Another lesser-known benefit of regular flossing is that it is good for your heart. Those with gum disease have been found to be twice as likely to suffer from heart disease. It is thought that the bacteria that cause gum disease can travel to the heart, causing inflammation in the arteries and increasing the risk of blockages. By fighting gum disease with regular flossing, you're protecting yourself against heart attacks, strokes and more.

Flossing Tips

Some people don't floss daily because they find doing so difficult. If you're in this camp, here are a few tips to help you succeed on National Flossing Day this year.

  • Use a long string of floss and wrap it around your fingers so it does not slip around so much.
  • Choose "extra thin" floss if your teeth are close together.
  • Try using dental flosser picks instead of regular string floss to reach your back teeth.

Other people don't floss because they forget or think they don't have the time. If you're in this camp, here are a few tips to help you out:

  • Keep floss in your car or purse so it is always handy.
  • Set an alarm in your phone to remind you to floss.
  • Ask a family member to pester you about flossing.

Are you ready to celebrate National Flossing Day by making flossing a daily habit? Your teeth (and the rest of your body) will thank you if you do.

For more information, contact Terry Droske DDS or a similar dental professional.