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Dentists Finally Tell The Truth about Needing to Floss…

Back in 2004, Listerine introduced a new mouthwash that claimed to replace the need to floss. If you believe that claim, may we also interest you in a can't-lose investment deal on a new bridge from California to Hawaii?

Admit it. You read the headline and were hoping we were going to give you the go-ahead to skimp on the flossing. Since we here at Fine Dentistry by Design have a vested interest in the health of your teeth and gums, we're afraid we can't do that.

Just like your mama told you that, yes, you do need to eat your vegetables, we are here to tell you that flossing really is necessary. A strong mouthwash like Listerine can rinse leftover food particles off the tooth surface, but will only reach a little ways into the gumline. Dental floss is the only way to get that gunk out of there and keep it from causing tooth decay and gum disease.

Your mama also probably told you to wear sunscreen. Sure, sunscreen is good for your skin's health, but it's also good for your appearance so you don’t look like a leather changepurse when you're in your 40s. Guess what? Flossing is also good for your appearance. Gum disease can ruin your smile as it can wear away your gums and your teeth. Flossing helps to preserve gums and even the bone underneath.

There you have it. No matter what some TV commercials would have you believe, you need to floss and you need to do it right!

Quick Flossing Tips:

  • Wrap a piece of floss, 15 inches long or so, around each tooth in the shape of a C.
  • Floss in a firm but gentle up and down motion. • Use a size that's comfortable for you. If you already have gum tissue damage or simply have large spaces between your teeth, you may want to use a wider type of floss.
  • Know that bleeding doesn’t mean you should stop flossing, In fact, it could be a sign of too much plaque that needs to be removed by flossing! However, be sure to give us a call if the bleeding continues for more than a few days.

Remember, we at Fine Dentistry by Design are here for you! Give us a call anytime with questions or concerns about your teeth and gums – 301-984-2200.

Also, in case you missed the itsy-bitsy print at the bottom of the screen during that infamous mouthwash commercial? It said Floss Daily…