When it comes to dental hygiene at home, flossing is the most neglected habit. Patients often dread hearing the dentist ask, “Have you been flossing?” because they know that they have not been diligent in this task. While we understand that flossing takes a little effort and will add an extra minute or two to your nightly routine, dentists everywhere want their patients to understand that flossing is considered the most important thing that anyone can do to promote optimal oral health. While brushing is a necessary step in cleaning the surfaces of the teeth and keeping the breath fresh, it is considered the second most important step in the dental hygiene process.
Flossing goes beyond cleaning the surface area of the teeth by removing the buildup of bacteria and plaque between the teeth that can rapidly develop into tartar and cause serious infections that are irreversible. Infections in the mouth can quickly compromise the health of the entire body, because these infections have easy access to the blood stream and can cause serious damage to the kidneys, heart, and even the brain.
Group Dental Health wants all of our patients to achieve the most optimal oral health possible. It is essential that all patients practice oral hygiene habits, which include:
- Visiting the dentist on a regular bi-annual basis for a professional cleaning and exam
- Brushing at least twice a day
- Flossing daily, with no exceptions
Proper dental care is just like anything else that you wish to maintain – it requires effort. Daily flossing should not be neglected, and Group Health Dental is here to partner with you to learn the proper techniques of flossing so that it does not feel like a chore. We want to help you achieve and maintain the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible. Call our practice to schedule an appointment.