Posted on 1/23/2018 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
Almost 3 in 10 of people lie to their dentists about flossing. The Harris poll, commissioned by the American Academy of Periodontology in 2015, revealed that more than 3 in 10 Americans would rather clean their toilets rather than use a waxed string to clean in between their teeth.
Everybody knows the benefits of flossing. We've been saying it all the time. Brushing alone won't take out all those debris, which will later develop into a plaque. It also prevents gum and other periodontal diseases.
How Frequently Should I Floss?
This is one of the most common questions that dentists encounter with their patients. The American Dental Association recommends that you do this at least once a day. Plaque usually starts to calcify in less than 24 hours, which is when it becomes visible. If ignored, plaque will lead to cavities and periodontal diseases. Cleaning the gaps in between teeth will help prevent this.
Why Are People Resistant to Flossing?
Flossing is a low-cost, high-reward habit. It doesn't take a few minutes each day, and you can do it in your home right before you go to bed or even your office's bathroom. But why are people so bent on forgetting to floss?
Our brains are hardwired for instant gratification. Flossing just seems to take up much of your time (when in reality, it would take only five minutes at the maximum), and you suddenly find any excuse no matter how flimsy it is in order not to floss.
People floss and floss, but they don't really find anything different with their teeth in the short term. Granted, this is a long-term investment. You are really going to thank your younger self when you are gray and old, and still not wearing dentures. Come see us so we can show you the proper way of flossing.
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