Flossing may be your least favourite past time but when you're serious about your dental health you follow your dental teams advice and try to do it at least once a day but with recent publications on the subject you may be asking yourself why?
According to a new book called Kiss your Dentist Goodbye, flossing is a waste of time and will do nothing to reduce your risk of tooth decay. This philosophy has been backed by various pieces of research which have shown no link between regular flossing and a reduction in tooth decay.
So is flossing a waste of time? Absolutely not!
Research may show flossing to be ineffective against tooth decay but actually that is not why we recommend it's use. Flossing or any other form of inter-dental cleaning is aimed at reducing the risk of gum disease. Removing plaque and food particles from in between teeth is vital to avoid gum disease.
It is estimated that only around 5% of the population use floss and many who use floss do so incorrectly and therefore get little benefit from the process. Without cleaning between your teeth you are missing around 40% of tooth surface increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Click here to learn how to effectively floss your teeth.
Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, says flossing is definitely not a waste of time - provided you’re doing it properly.
1. By making your mouth feel healthier
2. Eliminating bad breath
3. Giving you the confidence to smile
4. Showing you how to stop decay at the first signs
5. By treating your red and puffy gums, or by stopping your gums from bleeding
6. By removing all stain from tea/coffee etc
7. Showing you products that work
8. By acting as your friend and mentor as you strive to have teeth for life
9. Cleaning and polishing your teeth, helping you to look good, ready for a special event in your life (e.g. wedding)
10. By helping you to reduce the sensitivity in your teeth and/or gums."
Visiting the dentist regularly is becoming increasingly important.
How often you should visit the dentist is dependent upon a number of factors which your dentist will assess each time you visit, these could include:
It’s becoming increasingly common to ‘put off’ your dental examination for a number of reasons whether it be to save money or because you are nervous and don’t like visiting the dentist. Either way you may end up in a worse position if you leave it longer than recommended. So if you’ve received your examination reminder call us and book your appointment to avoid unnecessary dental problems and costly treatment.
Dental check up just £30!
What is really involved in a check up? We do more than just count teeth!
We perform a full assessment of your mouth, screening for any signs of gum disease, mouth cancer or any other abnormalities. We check for signs of wear or decay, we assess how your jaw joint functions and we may even take x-rays or photographs if they are needed. Most importantly we talk to you about your needs, what you want and how we can help and we provide a personalised treatment plan specifically for you.
We think that’s great value, call us today to book your dental check up 01425 615080 or request an appointment by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Avoiding routine check ups can lead to serious problems going undetected resulting is possible incidents of pain and the need for expensive treatment that could have been avoided if the problem was caught early, it might save you money in the short term but regular check ups are the best defence against expensive problems cropping up in the future.
With the news that '5 a day' advice could be damaging your children's teeth, you might be feeling very confused about what is considered a healthy snack. Whilst fruit and fruit juice contain an abundance of vitamins and minerals they alsocontain high levels of natural sugar and are highly acidic and if eaten frequently can cause irreversible damage to the tooth enamel.
Click here to read the article from the daily mail.
If you'd like advice about acid erosion or any other matter concerning your teeth get in touch!
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