Flossing is still a must!

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You may have recently read or heard about two recent reports that said flossing your teeth might not be necessary and could even do more harm than good, but before you stop you should listen to what Dr. Susan Maples has to say about it She has been named one of the top eight innovators in U.S. dentistry, and she wants you know flossing is a good idea.


The author of, Blabber Mouth! 77 Secrets Only Your Mouth Can Tell You To Live a Healthier, Happier, Sexier Life, Dr. Maples worries about the impact of these types of reports.


“Gum disease is among the leading causes of inflammation in the body. Given the links between inflammation and serious systemic diseases, flossing may be one of the best things you can do not just for your oral health, but for your overall health, too,” Dr. Maples says.


“Unfortunately, the majority of people still think brushing is required and flossing is optional. And because of studies like these, that is only going to reinforce that thinking,” she adds. “Flossing is mandatory and is by far the best way to remove attached plaque on the sides of the teeth.”



Tips for better flossing from Dr. Maples:


The type of floss you use doesn’t matter:

They all do a good job. Pick your favorite: nylon, Teflon, woven, waxed, or unwaxed, flavored or non-flavored. Any floss is good floss as long as you use it at least once a day.


Use good technique:

Good technique requires forming a “C” shape with the floss around every tooth and rubbing it up and down. Make sure to reach the surface below the gum line. If you have difficulty flossing because of deep gum pockets, braces, bridges or implants, water jets will suck unattached bacteria right from your mouth and reduce the bacterial load and the inflammation it can cause.


Be careful with mouth rinses:

In fact, some that contain “antimicrobial” bacteria-killing additives that reduce gingivitis or plaque – or so they say – are dissolved in alcohol (27 percent ethanol) and long-term swishing of alcohol may increase your chances of oral cancer. Again, flossing is always the best bet.




DolceDolce tip:

See your dentist as recommended, usually at least twice a year, and be sure to follow their advice. Regular preventative dental is a good investment.