Do I Need to Floss Everyday??
Updated: Mar 19, 2019
This is one of the most common questions that patients ask #dentists and #hygienists. The answer is: yes, you need to #floss everyday. Flossing is crucial for oral health. If you need convincing or are interested in learning more, continue reading.
#Flossing cleans between teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach. Dental plaque builds up around teeth a few minutes after beverage/ food is consumed. It then hardens in 24 hours if not removed and eventually causes different kinds of gum diseases (gingivitis or periodontitis). Periodontitis can increase risks of heart disease and even dementia. Forbes contributor Robert Glatter, MD stated patients with "chronic periodontitis [have] a 6% higher risk for dementia compared to those without periodontitis.”
Therefore, I always emphasize the importance of flossing not only to keep a healthy smile, but also to prevent serious systemic diseases. Maintaining oral hygiene at home and regular visits to your dentist as recommended will help your body stay healthy.