Loose teeth, persistent bad breath, and tender, bleeding gums—these are common signs of periodontal, or gum, disease. Often, gum disease can start silently, without any noticeable symptoms. Left untreated, it can lead to irreversible damage to your teeth and gums. However, the good news is that gum disease is preventable, and one of the most effective tools for preventing it requires just a minute of your time each day.

Why Flossing Matters

Dental floss is a crucial tool in maintaining optimal gum health. Periodontal disease typically stems from a buildup of plaque and bacteria in the mouth. While brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time is essential, it’s equally important to floss daily. Dental floss excels at cleaning the spaces between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. These narrow gaps trap food particles, sugars, and acids from beverages, creating an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive. Flossing helps eliminate this buildup and keeps your gums healthy.

The Reality of Flossing Habits

Surprisingly, only 40% of Americans floss daily, as per a survey by the American Dental Association. This statistic underscores the importance of regular flossing for maintaining good oral health. Additionally, many individuals misrepresent their flossing habits to their dentists. A study from the American Academy of Periodontology revealed that 27% of adults fib about their flossing frequency.

Proper Flossing Technique

Mastering the correct flossing technique is essential for effective plaque removal and gum health. Begin by cutting off about 18 inches of dental floss and winding most of it around your middle finger. Leave approximately an inch of floss to work with between each pair of teeth. Gently slide the floss between your teeth, using your thumb and index finger. Be careful not to snap the floss against your gums, as this can cause injury. Glide the floss up and down along the sides of each tooth and under the gum line. Use a fresh section of floss for each pair of adjacent teeth to avoid reintroducing bacteria.

Commit to Your Oral Health

Investing just a minute each day in flossing can significantly impact your gum health and overall oral hygiene. Incorporate flossing into your daily routine to keep your gums clean and free from disease. For more guidance on maintaining gum health or to schedule a visit to our office, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at The Ivory Dental Studio. Your gums—and your smile—will thank you for it.

The Ivory Dental Studio
Email: info@theivorydentalstudio.com
Phone: (219) 554-8679
1906 US-41 Ste A
Schererville, IN 46375