Some Facts About Flossing You Might Not Know [BLOG]

Every year, the day after Thanksgiving, as we all know, is Black Friday.

That all night wait where you’re camped outside the electronics store for a doorbuster deal on the big ticket item everyone’s hoping to snag.

But what many people don’t realize is that the day after Thanksgiving is also National Flossing Day.

So our team at Perfect Smiles in Westport and Seeknok, MA wants to help you celebrate!

Some Facts About Flossing You Might Not Know!

If you want to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible, you have to do everything you can to protect them. A big part of that is gum disease prevention with daily brushing and flossing, as well as routine dental cleanings and exams at Perfect Smiles.

So let’s take a closer look at flossing, the crucial oral hygiene step many adults are skipping, and some facts you might not know!

Fact #1 – Flossing Isn’t Just About Food!

You just ate lunch, and you don’t feel or see any food stuck between your teeth.

No need to floss then, right?


Flossing isn’t just about the comfort and relief you feel when you get that pesky popcorn kernel unwedged from between two of your back molars.

Flossing is about getting rid of any food particles and debris that you can’t see or feel from the tightest nooks and crannies so that bad bacteria inside your mouth doesn’t have anything to feed on.

That’s the real issue. Bacteria love the sugar that remains in your mouth after you eat or drink something, and when it chows down, it secretes harmful acids that attack your teeth and gums.

Fact #2 – It’s Not About When. It’s About Whether You Floss!

People tend to believe that when it comes to flossing, when you do it is most important.

But that’s really not the case.

Because gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, what’s most important is whether you floss, not when you floss!

Surprisingly, studies show that only about one in five adults say they’re flossing at least once a day.

So the first thing we want to stress to you is that if you aren’t flossing every single day, start doing it now! It doesn’t matter if it’s in the morning, at night, or after a midday meal.

Just do it!

Once it’s a habit, then you can become a bit more strategic about the best time of day to work it into your oral hygiene routine.

If mornings are too hectic for you, for example, it might make sense to floss before you brush your teeth at night.

Fact #3 – No, Your Gums Aren’t Supposed To Bleed!

Have you ever noticed bleeding gums while brushing or flossing your teeth?

No, that’s not a sign that you’re doing something right.

In fact, it’s probably a sign that something is wrong. Not with your flossing technique, but with your gums.

That’s because bleeding gums is a common sign of gum disease, so you never want to make the mistake of assuming it’s not a big deal.

You especially want to be aware of your particular risk factors for this bacterial infection.

Here are some of the reasons you might have a greater chance of developing gum disease:

*Tobacco use

*Hormone changes

*Poor nutrition

*Lack of routine dental care

*Family history of gum disease

Talk to us at your next appointment about whether you might be at risk, or about any troubling symptoms you’re having, such as redness, bleeding, or swelling of your gums, and we’ll help you come up with strategies to keep gum disease at bay!

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Your daily oral hygiene regimen is critical to your overall overall prevention strategy. That’s why you want to make sure you have the facts about best practices so you know your time and effort are well-invested!

But along with that daily diligence, you need a team of highly-skilled dentists and hygienists, like ours at Perfect Smiles, who have the technology and experience to remove harmful plaque and tartar from your teeth and keep your gumline clean and healthy!

Learn more about the proper brushing and flossing techniques to protect your smile. Call our Westport, MA location (508-252-0909), our Seekonk, MA location (401-406-4014), or fill out our online form to request an appointment.

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