Bluffton, SC family dentist Dr. John Hendricks hears patients give excuses for not flossing, all of the time. Today, we here at Lowcountry Dental Center are putting an end to all of the flossing excuses. Flossing is important and should be done at least once a day. Flossing removes plaque build up and is one of the best defenses against developing tooth decay and gum disease. When flossing is quick, inexpensive, and effective there are no excuses not to do it.
Common Excuses For Not Flossing
Common Excuse: I do not have time to floss.
With the invention of floss picks, flossing is more convenient and easier than ever. Dr. Hendricks recommends keeping some in your car, in your purse or next to your toothbrush. Flossing just takes one or two minutes a day and can save you hours of sitting in the dentist chair for a root canal or tooth extraction. Flossing takes less time than making a cup of coffee or checking your social media.
Common Excuse: It hurts when I floss, and sometimes my gum bleed.
Bleeding when flossing is not normal and should not be ignored. If you have bleeding gums you may be flossing too hard, but you may also have gum disease. If you need some pointers on proper flossing techniques, Dr. Hendricks or one of our dental care team will be happy to show you the best way to remove plaque from your teeth. If the bleeding continues, chances are you are experiencing some stage of gum disease.
Gum disease is a progressive bacterial infection of the gums and teeth. It is essential to treat gum disease to prevent further damage to your oral health. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss, bone recession and cardiovascular disease. And remember, flossing on the daily can help prevent all of those complications.
Common Excuse: Nothing gets stuck in between my teeth because they are so close together.
Even if your teeth appear to be touching, there are always tiny spaces in between where plaque and bacteria thrive. Brushing the teeth only cleans the large surface areas that are visible. Flossing reaches into the small crevices to remove to the plaque to prevent conditions such as gum disease and decay.
Schedule A Consultation
Regular visits to the dentist every 6 months can help keep your oral health in check. Dr. Hendricks and our dental care team will work with you to build a comprehensive treatment plan to restore your oral health and build a beautiful smile. Contact our Bluffton, SC dentist office today or schedule a consultation online.