As we forge into a new year, it’s a time to reflect on where we are, what went well and what changes, if any, we want to make moving forward. Small changes can sometimes enhance our lives in a positive way — simple and easy to follow, yet essential for everyday self-care.
At DrTung’s we appreciate committing to simple steps. Maintaining good oral health is essential to overall health and fortunately, it can be an easy, quick part of your daily routine. Let’s start one step at a time. Flossing!!!
Why is flossing so important?
We all know that you should brush your teeth twice a day, but did you know that brushing only covers 65% of teeth surface? The rest of the ‘gunk’ (food particles, bacteria that cause plaque) stays stuck between the teeth and below the gums, and not even touched by the act of brushing. Here’s another interesting (icky) tidbit – plaque1https://askthedentist.com/what-is-plaque/ consists of destructive bacteria, which basically eat and then excrete in our mouth. Ewww…who knew that plaque was actually just bacteria ‘poo’?
If getting rid of this waste isn’t enough reason to want to floss, how about gum disease
s? Gum disease s such as gingivitis and periodontitis may increase your risk for other serious health complications including stroke, heart disease and diabetes, not to mention pregnancy complications and dementia. Of course this can often lead to cavities2https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18672992/) and/or tooth loss.
Choosing the right floss
Now that we’re convinced flossing isn’t optional, it’s time to pick the best floss. Floss quality can have a significant impact on the effectiveness of flossing as a whole — we want to use the most effective floss to get the most value from the time we’re spending on this important task. In a study comparing Smart Floss to other leading flosses, it was found that Smart Floss was up to 55% more effective than other flosses in the trial and patients experienced up to 70% reduction in plaque.
So…back to commitments
Are you ready to start committing to simple steps? We invite you to commit to flossing every day. Twice is best of course but if you want to start small, once a day is fine. Take a minute to include flossing in your night-time routine. Maybe spend that time reflecting on your day and preparing your mind for a good night’s sleep.