Flossing has been a hot topic of discussion recently. In fact, it almost seems that “only floss the teeth you want to keep” it being heard on the streets and in the subway. Apparently, we as humans lack dexterity to floss correctly, which could ultimately leave our teeth and gums worse off that they actually were. We, as dental professionals at Signature Smile Dental and Cosmetic Dentistry, strongly disagree.
Why do we believe in flossing?
Technically know as interdental cleaning, flossing gets rid of food debris lodged in between your teeth after brushing. A toothbrush simply does not get in between your teeth to remove leftover food particles – which if left behind can result in serious oral health issues such as cavities, gum disease and tooth loss. In a recent blog, we posted, Healthy Gums = Healthy Body, we highlighted studies that indicated that poor oral health (which may result from not flossing your teeth) might affect your general health. So, just to jog your memory, periodontal or gum disease can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and even mental health issues.
Do we lack the physical ability to exercise proper flossing technique?
One of the arguments that was raised during this flossing debacle is that our inability to use proper technique while flossing does more harm than good. So let’s think about this: when you resume your workout routine after many years, your form isn’t the greatest. As you learn how to keep your back straight while doing those lunges, it becomes second nature. It may take some practice, but you eventually maintain a straight back. Similarly, for an individual who has just begun flossing, it does take some time as you figure out how to maneuver to floss to reach those hard to reach parts of your mouth. However, your gradually learn how to floss effectively over time.
Only floss the teeth you want to keep?
The notion that we should only floss the teeth we want to keep is nothing short of utterly ludicrous. The loss of a tooth can cause damage to healthy teeth in your mouth, and can lead to gum disease. As mentioned previously periodontal disease can adversely affect your general health. Furthermore, who wants to not have a full set of health teeth? It is not aesthetically pleasing and does not make for good “selfies.” Imagine what our society would be like if we were taught to only learn the numbers we want to use, or even worse, only master the vowels in the alphabet? Quite scary, isn’t it?
Are you still not convinced that flossing is indeed a vital part of maintaining both a health mind and body? Feel free to address your issues and concerns about flossing with Dr. Evelina Tolchinsky, DDS and Dr. Inna Trogan, DDS during your next visit.