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By Salvatore Guerriero, DMD
October 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Flossing  

It’s a question as old as time (or at least as old as modern dentistry and the invention of floss). Do you really need to floss? If so, how often? What if you brush your teeth twice (or even three times) per day? Can your dentist really tell the difference when you finally make it in for that routine cleaning, or are they just determined to give you a hard time?

The dentists at Nashua Smile Makers want to assure patients that unfortunately, the gums don’t lie. When it comes to flossing, and skipping the stringy stuff in between dental visits will have a very real impact on your gums (hint: the benefits of flossing are progressive, so flossing for the first time in months or years right before a dental appointment won’t help)!

Flossing - How Much is Enough?

Many people are under the mistaken belief that flossing is optional when it comes to a regular oral hygiene routine. In fact, brushing and flossing work together to help fight tooth decay and gum disease. A good rule of thumb is to think of flossing in the same way as brushing - one would never skip brushing for a day or week and “get to it later” - flossing should be no different. Nashua Smile Makers recommends once a day every day to help remove the plaque that solidifies into tartar and leads to periodontal disease, which can result in tooth loss, and has also been associated with more serious health problems like heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.

What if You Brush Your Teeth Several Times a Day?

Even the most diligent and effective brushing methods can fall short of preventing oral diseases like gingivitis (early gum disease). While frequent brushing can help to keep your teeth clean and mouth fresh, the bristles of a toothbrush can’t reach the deep spaces in between teeth, where bacteria and plaque can accumulate and lead to inflammation under the gum line.

To learn more about preventing gum disease and to schedule a professional cleaning and oral health screening, contact Nashua Smile Makers today at 603-882-3727 to schedule an appointment.

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