Do you ever wonder if you are taking as great care of your gums as you try to take of your teeth? Many people are so focused on trying to protect and even beautify their teeth, that they neglect the steps necessary to maintain great gum health. Fortunately, a preventive dentist can help reduce inflammation and other common symptoms of periodontal disease, through regular checkups and cleanings, as well as periodontal therapy as needed. If you want to maintain your overall oral health, in between checkups, though, it is essential to floss your teeth daily.
How many people actually floss everyday?
Though dentists regularly remind their patients about the importance of flossing, a recent study indicates that only approximately 30 percent of U.S. adults are actually flossing their teeth every day, as recommended. Close to 40 percent of Americans admit to only flossing occasionally, and a staggering 30 percent admit that they never floss!
This helps to indicate why gum disease is so prominent in the United States, with estimates indicating that 75 percent of adults in America are dealing with either gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, or another degree of periodontal disease.
To help prevent gum disease, you should floss your teeth once a day, in addition to brushing twice a day.
What is the best technique for flossing?
If you are unsure how to properly floss, the American Dental Association has provided some helpful videos online, demonstrating proper flossing technique. Your dentist can also advise you how to appropriately floss, at your next dental checkup.
Make sure you use a clean piece of floss, to gently move between each of your teeth. Do not jerk the floss out when you are done, or else you risk irritating your sensitive gum tissue.