Flossing is an important action step everyone should take to reduce their chances of developing both cavities and gum disease. Specifically, flossing cleans areas of the teeth and gums that brushing either misses or can’t reach. According to a new study, nearly one-third of Americans never floss — a fact that many oral health professionals consider alarming.
What One Study Found
According to data recently collected by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, roughly a third of all Americans choose not to floss their teeth. The survey looked at 9,000 adults and found that only 37.3 percent of those individuals reported flossing at least once a week and 30.3 percent flossed once a day. It is promising to note that two-thirds of Americans are heeding their dentist’s advice about flossing. However, researchers agree that further public health education initiatives on the benefits of flossing need to be regularly implemented nationwide.
The Benefits of Flossing
Brushing the teeth is one of the most important action steps you can take toward achieving and maintaining healthy teeth and gums, but it isn’t the whole picture. While many toothbrushes on the market are designed to brush hard-to-reach areas, food particles can sometimes be left behind during the process. As these food particles degrade, they enable the growth of dangerous bacteria that can cause gum disease and cavities.
Flossing is one of the most important components of a comprehensive oral care regimen. When you use floss, you reach areas of the teeth and gums that you may miss during brushing. The thin string of floss also helps remove food particles that may be lodged in between teeth.
Contact Dr. Amy Farmer
To find out more about the benefits of flossing or the best strategies for cavity or gum disease prevention, please call us today at (303) 776-1480. Our professional team at Crossroads Dental Cosmetic Dentistry of Longmont is here to help you find the best method for keeping your teeth and gums healthy before issues start.