Did you know that only about half of Americans floss their teeth daily? While we understand that flossing may not be the most enjoyable experience, it is an essential part of your oral hygiene routine. Even more shocking than that last statistic is the fact that 18.5% of Americans say they do not floss at all. Although brushing can remove a good amount of plaque and bacteria from your teeth, you’re only getting half of the job done if you forget to floss as well. Many people that end up needing dental restorations like dental implants are individuals that allowed tooth decay to occur by allowing bacteria to build up between teeth. Floss gets rid of bacteria and plaque that are in hard to reach areas, which will end up benefitting the look and health of your smile. Dr. John Barksdale explains how to properly floss and why it’s so important for his patients here in Baton Rouge, LA.
Do you dread flossing your teeth each day? Well, if you do, you’re not alone. Many people skip out on their daily flossing because they find it annoying, painful, or time-consuming. In fact, a study from the American Academy of Periodontology revealed some interesting statistics. The study found that more than a quarter of adults in the United States were dishonest with their dentist about how often they floss. Researchers also found that more than a third would rather do an unpleasant activity over flossing daily. These unpleasant activities included washing a sink full of dirty dishes, sitting in gridlock traffic, and cleaning the toilet. We can definitely understand why some people dislike flossing each day, but it’s no excuse not to do it. Flossing is an essential component of oral care that can’t be compensated with additional brushing.
Flossing should be done daily to remove plaque and bacteria hiding away between teeth and underneath the gum line. Here are the top reasons you should make flossing a priority:
Now that you know the benefits of flossing, let’s explore how to properly floss. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to floss with the correct technique.
Are you suffering from tooth loss and are in the Baton Rouge, LA area? Barksdale Dentistry has transformed the smiles of many patients with the help of dental implants. You can achieve an aesthetically appealing smile that will last for years to come. You can begin your dental implant journey by calling us to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Barksdale.