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The Cheapest Way to Keep Your Teeth

woman flossingFlossing is cheap. In fact, we give floss away to our patients for free. And the truth is people who floss tend to be more proactive about the health of their mouths overall. That’s because it makes a huge difference when it comes to preventing problems like gum disease, dental infections, cavities and tooth loss.

Make Flossing a Daily Habit

In the span of a commercial break, you could be preventing common dental diseases. Flossing goes far when it comes to maintaining (and improving) your dental health. It may seem tedious, but it pays off.

Nail down a time each day — preferably before you go to bed — to floss. This small step will remove bacteria so that it doesn’t have a chance to sit on your teeth and gums longer than necessary.

The best way to form good habits for future generations is to encourage your child to floss as soon as they have teeth. The more aware they are of their smile, the better you’ll reinforce healthy habits throughout the rest of their lifetime.

How to Tell If Your Gums Are in Good Shape

As long as flossing and brushing aren’t uncomfortable, then your gums are in good shape. Check for blood on your floss each time you clean your teeth. If you can floss daily without any soreness, then you’re headed in the right direction.

Since the gums between your teeth are highly vascular, inflammatory agents can spread directly from your mouth to the rest of your body. Flossing reaches those locations to prevent bacteria from spreading into your cardiovascular system (including your heart). Just like eating right and exercising, flossing plays a huge part when it comes to lowering the number of inflammatory agents circulating inside of your body.

It’s best to clean the bacteria off before your body absorbs them!

Use a “C” Shape

Nothing replaces simple flossing string wrapped around your fingers, but any technique is better than nothing. We recommend wrapping the floss in a “C” shape against your teeth to physically clean against each of the curved sides where brushing can’t reach.

We’ll evaluate your gum health at each checkup to locate any trouble spots. Call today for your next appointment (and free floss)!

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