We are putting an end to the countless excuses patients make for not flossing. The truth is, there is no excuse not to invest a few minutes a day in protecting your long-term oral health. Flossing regularly can save patients a lot of discomfort, time and even money. Plano, TX dentist Dr. Mark Sowell recommends brushing twice a day and flossing at least once to help prevent the development of advanced dental concerns. So stop making excuses, floss!
No Excuses, Floss!
- Excuse: It hurts to floss.
Either you are flossing too hard, or, you may already have a stage of gum disease. If your gums hurt or bleed while flossing makes sure you are not flossing too hard against your gum line. If it still hurts or bleeds, contact Dr. Sowell for a dental exam. Catching gum disease early can allow for conservative treatment. Gum disease is progressive and directly linked to an increase in systemic disease. Flossing regularly can help prevent the development of gum disease and the associated symptoms.
- Excuse: I just do not have time to floss.
If you have the time to check your social media, you have the time to floss. Flossing only takes one or two minutes and can save you hours of restorative dental procedures. Flossing breaks up and removes plaque helping to avoid the development of tooth decay and gum disease.
Make flossing a normal part of your daily hygiene routine.
- Excuse: I visit the dentist twice a year as recommended and get my teeth professionally cleaned. I do not need to floss.
Getting your teeth cleaned bi-annual is a great part of a healthy oral hygiene routine. And so is flossing, every day. Plaque only takes two days to harden into cavity causing tartar. It is essential to remove plaque from between your teeth every single day. Flossing daily can help maintain your teeth in between professional dental cleanings.
We hear these excuses all the time, but it is time to stop making up reasons not to floss. Set aside at least two minutes a day to take care of your teeth. Daily oral hygiene and regular visits to our Plano, TX dentist office can help maintain your natural teeth and gum health for years to come.
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Remember, your oral health is directly correlated with your overall health and quality of life. Proper daily oral hygiene can protect your body from a range of medical problems and keep your teeth and gums healthy and bright.