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Gum Disease and Why You Need to Floss

In an era of rising health care costs and diminishing insurance benefits, it pays to take steps in improving your oral health and preventing disease. Periodontal (gum) diseases are not an uncommon thing in the dental world; many adults across Canada currently have some form of the disease. Periodontal diseases can range from simple inflammation of the gums to serious infections that result in major damage to the tissues supporting your teeth. In the worst cases, teeth can be lost.

Fortunately, we’re here to tell you that this is easily preventable. Flossing every day, as well as brushing twice daily, can prevent and even regress periodontal disease.

Over the last decade, many studies have been done regarding the effectiveness of flossing. Results have clearly shown that those who floss daily have healthier looking gums, less bacteria in their mouths, and better smelling breath! This is because brushing alone cannot adequately clean in-between your teeth, allowing bacteria to grow and eventually cause gum inflammation. Currently, dental professionals recommend everyone flosses once daily for the best oral health.

To make matters worse for non-flossers, the bacteria involved in periodontal diseases have also been shown to be linked to other illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease. This is due to the plaque and tartar buildup in the mouth causing unhealthy growth of bacteria, which then contribute to certain systemic diseases. Luckily, flossing and good oral hygiene is an easy fix to this problem and is an easy way to improve your oral health!

What else is flossing good for?

Here are just a few things:

Firstly, flossing can save you money! The better your oral health, the fewer dental treatments you will need and problems you will have. It’s as simple as that! Fewer treatments mean money in your pocket!

Flossing also prevents cavities and tartar buildup. Cavities are something we all dread when going to the dentist. Flossing helps prevent the buildup of bacteria, as mentioned above, and consequently reduces the risk of cavities. That means a much more comfortable next trip to the dentist!

Gum disease is a common problem for Canadians and from coast to coast to coast, but it’s a problem easily solved! Flossing is an excellent addition to your daily oral hygiene routine, and it not only helps to prevent gum disease, but it also prevents other things such as cavities too! Are you having problems with sore gums? Know someone who is? Don’t hesitate to contact our team at Apple Dental Group today!