Family Dentist in Peoria IL Shares Why Flossing Matters for Your Smile
Flossing is an essential portion of your daily at-home regimen. In fact, by choosing to not floss daily, you are not cleaning approximately one third of your mouth. And while you can ask our family dentist in Peoria for a demonstration on how to floss properly at your next visit, or read over our FAQ page for some tips, we've decided to provide our patients with some more in-depth information on why flossing is so important.
The most obvious place one will see damage due to a lack of flossing is in the gum and teeth region. With the assistance of floss, you'll clean in between your teeth to get those tough-to-reach places that your toothbrush can't. This allows you to remove any leftover particles or bacteria that build up and develop into decay if not properly cleaned. An indicator of an improper job flossing will come in the form of bleeding gums and inflammation.
While the threat of tooth loss, weak bone structure or periodontitis may be enough influence for someone to start flossing more regularly, correlations between gum disease and other bodily health issues are also worrisome due to the connections between patients with severe gum disease and elevated risk or attainment of heart disease, diabetes, lung problems and more. The theory behind this is that harmful oral bacteria built up by a lack of flossing escapes into the bloodstream through pockets in the gums, causing these other whole-body-health issues.
Our family dentist in Peoria IL recommends flossing at least once daily to ensure not only your mouth, but your whole body, stays healthy as can be for the years to come.
To make an appointment, please call (309) 688-7321 and our front desk staff will happily assist you.