We all know that having a healthy heart is vital to your well-being, but did you know that flossing is also imperative for a healthy lifestyle? Heart disease has been linked to gum disease, which makes your oral hygiene habits essential to a healthy life. Failing to floss can cause cavities and gum disease, which can lead to a whole realm of other health issues. That is why it is always best to keep your oral health in excellent shape.
To help you get the most out of your flossing, Dr. Melissa House is happy to give you some basic tips about flossing. For instance, did you know gum disease frequently occurs between your teeth, so that flossing is essential to reach those hard-to-reach places? Another tip is to floss every night before bed. The reason for this is that your saliva neutralizes bacteria but it slows down production while you sleep, so if you rid your mouth of bacteria before you sleep, you are keeping your smile healthier.
When it comes to the art of flossing, it’s best to gently glide the floss between your teeth and along the gumline. If you try too hard or force it, you can cause cuts or damage to your gums. Remember to use actual floss, rather than paper clips or other sharp objects that could be more painful and possibly scratch your tooth enamel.
After you floss, it’s always a wise idea to rinse your mouth with mouthwash to clear any food particles or bacteria the floss loosened, from between your teeth. This can help keep your smile in healthy condition. Here at Park City Dental in Park City, KS, our staff cares for your oral health, which is why we are happy to invite you in for a dental checkup. You can click here to view where our office is located or give us a call at (316) 260-6868 to talk with a member of our staff. You can also click here to schedule your next appointment.