Flossing and Your Oral Health
By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
April 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Flossing  

Discover the health benefits associated with flossing every day.

How often do you floss your teeth? Do you remember the last time you flossed? If you can’t remember or it’s been a few days, then you may fall under the 68 percent of Americans who only floss weekly. In fact, one poll found that 20 percent of people never floss. Flossing, just like brushing, is an important part of maintaining good oral hygiene. Our Federal Way, WA, dentist Dr. Todd Yoshino and his team will be the first to tell you that flossing is crucial for maintaining a healthy smile. Here’s why you should be flossing at least once a day,

Prevent Gum Disease

When combining flossing with brushing you protect your gums from gingivitis, a disease that causes inflammation. If gingivitis isn’t treated this can turn into full-blown gum disease, which can lead to,

  • Receding gums
  • Sudden tooth sensitivity and pain
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Bone damage

Flossing is the best tool that you have at your disposal to protect against gingivitis and gum disease. Everyone in your family should be flossing at least once a day (yes, even kids!). Gum disease is incredibly common, affecting about 50 percent of American adults. The good news is that it can be prevented as long as you are maintaining good oral hygiene, which includes flossing every day.

Prevent Decay

While brushing is the best way to remove plaque and bacteria from the front and back surfaces of your teeth, it isn’t the ideal way to clean between teeth. This is why flossing is so important. If you don’t floss every day you are leaving a rather large portion of your smile untouched. Just as you wouldn’t wash only half of your face or part of your coffee mug, you also want to make sure you are cleaning all surfaces of your teeth and gums. Flossing will prevent food, bacteria and plaque from getting trapped between teeth, which can lead to cavities.

Prevent Tooth Loss

The problem with gum disease is that most people don’t realize they have it until the more advanced stages once symptoms such as receding gums, bad breath and loose teeth begin to occur. Our Federal Way, WA, family dentist will be able to catch gum disease early on if you are coming in every six months for routine checkups; however, if you’re also not getting regular professional dental care then you are putting yourself at risk for gum disease and eventual tooth loss. Let’s prevent these problems from happening in the first place by simply flossing once a day.

Our dental office is currently closed until May 18th, due to the COVID-19 outbreak; however, our Federal Way, WA, general dentist and his staff are here to address dental emergencies. If you are experiencing a severe toothache or other dental problems that require immediate care, please call (253) 815-0441.