A Tip From Our Waterford Family Dentistry Practice - Remember To Floss!

Any person who regularly visits the dentist, or even pays attention to television commercials, has heard time and time again that flossing the teeth is an important habit to keep. Even with the seemingly constant reminders, however, flossing is an oral hygiene practice that is easily forgotten, and even questioned. In case you have ever wondered, here is a tip from our Waterford family dentistry practice: always remember to floss all teeth!

Flossing is something that should be completed on a daily basis, and is the perfect complement to brushing. With this daily combination, oral hygiene is greatly improved and issues such as tooth decay and gum disease are better avoided. Further benefit is that the health of various bodily systems is protected through the elimination of harmful bacteria that can only be reached with dental floss.

The mouth is directly connected to the rest of the body, and provides the ideal passageway for bacteria to travel from one area to another. Recent research has informed us that harmful bacteria from the mouth can travel to the lungs and other respiratory organs, causing infection and disease. Bacteria can also travel to the heart, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Even on a mild level, bacteria in the mouth can lead to gum disease, which then affects blood sugar levels, making diabetes more difficult to manage.

Brushing teeth is the primary way we have all been taught to clean teeth. More than this, however, brushing is aimed at washing away the bacteria that naturally live on and around teeth. The mouth regularly hosts several million bacteria, which then feed on tiny food particles. Through brushing, many of these harmful bacteria are eliminated, but not enough to provide the level of protection needed for sustained oral health. In our Waterford family dentistry practice, we teach patients the importance of flossing, and techniques to complete this task easily every day.

Receiving care in our Waterford family dentistry practice, our patients learn the best ways to take care of teeth and gums. Sustained oral health comes from the habits that are developed at home. To avoid gum disease, tooth decay, bad breath, and potentially hazardous health conditions, flossing cannot be understated as an ideal form of preventative care.

Contact us for your consultation and more information on how to achieve your oral health goals.

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