You may not want to believe it, but your gums are bleeding. You can’t deny it. You see it when you look in the mirror and when you spit in the sink during your daily oral hygiene.
That bleeding is not something you should ignore. In fact, it’s probably evidence that:
- You aren’t flossing as often as you should.
- You are in the early stages of gum disease.
Now is a great time to revisit the importance of having a consistent oral care routine. The day after Thanksgiving is National Flossing Day, so we want to remind you why this should be one of your daily habits.
We also hope you will start or continue visiting Atlanta West Dentistry in Marietta, GA for your routine dental checkups. Call 770-744-4619 to make your next appointment with our team.
Prevent Periodontal Problems
Seven in 10 people will develop gum disease, according to the most conservative estimates. Nearly half of people 30 years and older have some kind of advanced gum disease, the Centers for Disease Control reported.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the U.S. This isn’t the first time we’ve mentioned this in our blogs, and it probably won’t be the last. As much as we hope you enjoy Thanksgiving, we also want to continue enjoying it for many years to come.
That’s easier when you have all your teeth.
The best way to deal with gum infections is to avoid them entirely. To do that, your best bet is to follow the suggestions of the American Dental Association regarding routine dental care:
- Get professional dental cleanings and exams
- Brush your teeth twice per day
- Floss every day
Yes, the ADA recommends cleaning between your teeth every day. Brushing will remove much of the harmful bacteria and plaque from your teeth. However, it’s not the best way to clean between your teeth and gums.
Flossing is how you can clean those harder to reach spaces.
Ways To Floss
Dental floss is the most common tool for interdental cleaning, but in one recenter survey, more people said they would prefer to clean their toilet than floss. We aren’t trying to be gross. We’re just acknowledging that many people hate flossing.
If you are one of them, then you might want to consider using something other than floss to clean between your teeth.
Another option would be to use a flosser. You can find these in many stores in the toothpaste aisle. They have short handles with a strand of floss on one end. Several people have told us they find this tool to be a more comfortable way to clean their teeth.
Water picks are another good option. These can be found at a variety of prices, so you can find on that fits your needs. When used correctly, these can be as effective as floss at removing plaque buildup.