The Truth May Surprise You
We've all been there. Our dentist asks us if we floss daily, and we hesitate to answer truthfully. Maybe we feel a little guilty about not being as diligent with our oral care as we should be. Or perhaps we're just hoping they won't notice the telltale signs that we've been less than truthful.
But the truth is, your dentist probably knows when you're lying about flossing. And while they may not call you out on it directly, they can see the evidence of your lack of flossing in many ways. Here's what you need to know.
Obvious Signs You Haven't Been Flossing
One of the most obvious signs you haven't flossed is bleeding gums. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, it's a sign that you have inflammation and plaque buildup. This can lead to gum disease if not properly treated.
Another sign that you're not flossing regularly is bad breath. Plaque and bacteria can build up on your teeth and gums, causing a foul odor. If you're noticing that your breath isn't as fresh as it used to be, it may be time to step up your oral care routine.
You may also notice that your teeth are beginning to yellow. This is because plaque and bacteria can cause staining and discoloration.
If you're not flossing regularly, your dentist will likely be able to tell by looking at your teeth and gums. They may also ask you questions about your oral care routine to better understand how often you're actually flossing.
Why You Should Be Flossing Every Day
Now that you know your dentist can tell when you're not flossing, you may be wondering why it's so important to do it every day. The answer is simple: flossing is essential for good oral health.
Flossing helps remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums. It also helps to prevent gum disease and cavities. In other words, it's an integral part of keeping your mouth healthy.
If you're unsure how to floss correctly, talk to your dentist. They can show you the proper technique and recommend the best type of floss for your needs.
Likewise, if flossing doesn't feel comfortable or you struggle to do it properly, ask your dentist for help. Different floss types and tools, such as water picks, can make the process easier—such as water picks.
Top Flossing Tips
If you're ready to start flossing regularly (or if you're already a pro), here are a few tips to help you get the most out of this critical oral care habit:
Choose the right type of floss. There are many different types of floss available, so it's important to choose one that's right for you. For example, if you have sensitive gums, you may want to use a softer floss.
Be gentle. When flossing, be sure to use gentle pressure. You don't want to damage your gums or teeth.
Don't forget the back teeth. It's easy to focus on the teeth in the front of your mouth, but it's crucial to floss all of your teeth—including the ones in the back.
Floss before bedtime. Flossing before bed helps remove plaque and bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease.
Take Charge of Your Oral Health with Marc Lazare D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
There's no need to lie to your dentist about flossing. They can tell when you're not doing it and know how important it is for your oral health. So be honest about your flossing habits and commit to doing it daily. Your teeth and gums will thank you for it!
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