Attention, smile savers!
Have you ever wondered why your dental health professional keeps reminding you of the importance of flossing?
Are you curious if flossing truly benefits oral health?
At Concierge Dental Group, we believe in the power of a healthy smile. Your radiant grin doesn’t just light up a room; it also speaks volumes about your overall health.
Today, we’re shedding light on a question many of you ask:
Does flossing improve oral health?
The proven pathway to healthy teeth and gums
Flossing is a vital component in maintaining the health and vitality of your teeth and gums.
Flossing dislodges and removes food particles and plaque from the areas between your teeth your toothbrush can’t reach—remnants that, left unattended, can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Think of it this way. You wouldn’t wash only one side of a dinner plate and then put it back in the cupboard, right? In the same way, brushing but not flossing your teeth leaves much of your mouth unclean.
A real-life flossing fairytale
Consider Sarah, one of our beloved patients. Sarah brushed her teeth twice a day but never understood why flossing was important.
When she started experiencing bad breath and bleeding gums, Sarah visited us and we discovered she had early-stage gum disease, primarily from the plaque buildup between her teeth—a place her toothbrush couldn’t reach.
Per our advice, Sarah started flossing daily. Within weeks, her gums were healthier and her breath fresher. Eventually her gums strengthened, and her teeth looked healthier.
Flossing’s overall health benefits
The benefits of flossing extend beyond a stunning smile. Numerous studies link gum disease with an increased risk for heart disease and stroke. When you floss, you’re not just caring for your teeth and gums; you’re also taking a crucial step toward maintaining your overall health.
Can I use a Waterpik instead of flossing? A closer look
Deciding between a Waterpik and traditional floss depends on your personal needs and preferences.
A Waterpik, or water flosser, can be a suitable alternative to traditional floss for some people, especially those with braces or other dental appliances or sensitive gums. It can flush out food particles and disrupt plaque in hard-to-reach areas.
But it’s important to note that, while a Waterpik can decrease the chance of gum disease by reducing inflammation, it might not be as effective as floss in removing sticky biofilm, or plaque.
Indeed, flossing and using a Waterpik serve slightly different purposes.
Flossing vs. Waterpik
Traditional flossing is a mechanical method, using a thin piece of string to manually remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth. It’s inexpensive, easily accessible, and can be done anywhere.
On the other hand, a Waterpik uses a stream of pressurized water to dislodge food particles and disrupt plaque. Waterpiks can be gentler on the gums, making them a good choice for individuals with gum sensitivity. However, a Waterpik may not remove all the sticky plaque as effectively as traditional floss.
Hence, a combination of both methods could lead to optimal oral health.
As always, the best course of action is discussing your individual needs and concerns with your dental health professional, who can provide personalized advice for your specific situation.
Flossing for the future
Daily flossing is a superhero in your oral care routine. It reaches the recesses of your mouth, fighting off plaque, thwarting gum disease, and safeguarding your beautiful smile.
At Concierge Dental Group, your smile is our priority. We are here to provide professional advice and services tailored to your needs.
If you need help perfecting your flossing technique or have concerns about your oral health, our team is always ready to assist you. Book an appointment with us today—just call 716-333-3333—and let’s work together to keep your smile shining brightly for years to come.