You probably know that flossing is essential to keep your teeth and gums healthy. But there’s more to the story that we’re excited to share.
Do you make sure you floss every day? If not, you may figure that your teeth are “doing fine,” and you are willing to endure some discomfort when you visit your hygienist every six months and get your teeth flossed professionally.
If that’s you, here is a fact that’s sometimes overlooked and may motivate you to make flossing a healthy daily habit:
In addition to preventing plaque build-up and improving your teeth’ appearance, daily flossing makes your gums healthier and less sensitive. Plus, flossing reduces the risk of periodontal disease, which is linked to heart health.
Now that we’ve addressed WHY you should floss let’s look at HOW to floss correctly.
If you do floss each day (good for you!), are you flossing with the appropriate technique to maximize the benefits?
Take a look at this short video to see the correct process for flossing:
If you’re not flossing each day, we encourage you to make it a daily habit. Yes, flossing is essential for kids, too – and it will help make it a regular part of their routine.
It’s great for your smile and good for your health!
Dr. Kevin Kellerman is an alumnus of Pinckneyville Community High School, Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, and SIUE School of Dental Medicine from where he obtained his doctorate.
A full-time dental practitioner, he also lectures on various topics. He is affiliated with many professional bodies including the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Orthodontic Society, Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Association, and the Glen Carbon/Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Kellerman and team are known for higher levels of service and patient care and for utilizing advanced technologies in treatments. He also participates in community projects and believes in giving back to the community that he serves.