04 Jan Boynton Beach Dentist Urges You to Make a Resolution to Floss
Ask any dentist in Boynton Beach, they’ll tell you the same thing. You really do need to floss every day. And ask anyone on the HAB dental team in Boynton Beach, Florida, what’s the one piece of advice that patients routinely ignore and the answer will be unanimous: you need to floss daily.
We get it. No one likes to floss. “There is no instant gratification with flossing — that’s the problem,” Alla Wheeler, RDH, MPA, associate professor of the Dental Hygiene Program at the New York University School of Dentistry, told WebMD. “Patients don’t think it does anything.”
But talk about an unsung hero! “Flossing does about 40% of the work required to remove sticky bacteria, or plaque, from your teeth,” the medical experts at WebMD say. “Plaque generates acid, which can cause cavities, irritate the gums, and lead to gum disease.”
Resolve to Floss
According to the American Dental Association, flossing – or some other form of “interdental” cleaning, like using a Waterpik – are “essential” to good dental hygiene”. Cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. Interdental cleaning is proven to help remove debris between teeth that can contribute to plaque buildup.”
If all of that isn’t enough to convince you to make a New Year’s resolution to floss daily, how about this – flossing can help you look younger! In fact, WebMD reports that flossing could be an “overlooked fountain of youth.”
It may not replace Botox, but as WebMD explains, “Gum disease can ruin the youthful aesthetics of your smile by eating away at gums and teeth. It also attacks the bones that support your teeth and the lower third of your face. People who preserve the height of that bone by flossing look better as they age.”
So, do yourself a favor – and make the team at HAB Dental in Boynton Beach happy – make a resolution to floss.