“There are two kinds of people in the world…”
How many times have you heard a statement that starts with that claim? It’s popular to identify people based on their interests and habits. Are you a cat person or a dog person? Do you like creamy peanut butter or chunky peanut butter?
Do you floss every day or not?
Did we get you with that last one? Plenty of folks are proud of their pet preference or whether their PB&Js require whole peanuts, but few take a strong stance on flossing.
Are you a frequent flosser or do you only turn to it when you have a cleaning at your Quakertown PA dentist coming up?
Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care stands firm on this issue: flossing is very, very important for every person with teeth – even crowns and implants! While flossing is helpful when you have a popcorn hull wedged between your teeth, it does much more than that. Along with brushing and visiting your dentist for biannual cleanings, flossing is integral to preventing gum disease.
Get More Than Food Out Of Your Teeth With Flossing
You don’t just have food stuck in your teeth following an afternoon at the movies. A lot of times you can finish a meal completely unaware of how much of it has been left behind.
Your toothbrush can’t get in between your teeth and along your gumline. Think about what that means for your morning breath, not to mention your long-term gum health! Flossing only takes one to two minutes of your day and is a key factor in the fight against plaque.
Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that love to munch the starches and sugar on your teeth. They leave behind acid, which erodes your enamel and eventually develops into cavities. Brushing your teeth twice a day removes a significant amount of plaque, and regular visits to the dentist will get the areas you weren’t able to reach.
But if you’re not flossing, you’re leaving a lot of plaque on your teeth in between dental appointments.
Stop Gum Disease Before It Starts
Plaque doesn’t just harm your teeth – it can do a lot of damage to your gums. The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, which occurs when your gums are inflamed and bleed often. If this sounds like you, please pause your reading and contact us for an exam! Gingivitis is painful and can cause bad breath, but it can be treated fairly easily.
Things start to get ugly when you ignore gingivitis and develop periodontitis. At this stage of gum disease, pockets form between your gums and teeth. What gets stored in these pockets? Food, bacteria, and other irritants.
As your body tries to fight infection, the toxins from those enzymes mix with the secretions of the bacteria and begin to dissolve the bone and tissue that support your teeth.
Should we keep going? If you’re somehow able to ignore the pain of periodontal pockets, the infection will only get worse. Eventually, your bone and gum tissue could be destroyed, leaving your teeth with nothing to hold them in place. This is the main reason for tooth loss in adults.
Flossing is the cheapest and easiest way to prevent gum disease. That’s why we talk about it so much! When you floss, you’re getting those hard-to-reach places along your gumline and sending plaque packing.
Don’t Suffer Gum Disease – See Us Today!
If you haven’t been flossing, the plaque on your gumline may have already turned into tartar. If that’s the case, you’ll need to come in for a cleaning to have it removed. Tartar can’t be removed at home. In fact, it may actually make it harder for you to floss and brush.
So, what do you do if you’re past the point of flossing for your gum disease? You call Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care! We’ll give you a thorough exam to see how advanced your gum disease is, and then explore a variety of nonsurgical options for treatment.
It’s never too late. If your gum disease is to the point that your roots are showing, we are one of the few dental offices in Pennsylvania to offer a state-of-the-art procedure that uses no scalpels or sutures.
In fact, Dr. Roeder was hand-picked to be trained in this revolutionary Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. Unlike gum grafts, which can take months to heal, the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique only requires a few days for recovery and is virtually painless.
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who have gum disease and those who don’t. Call us at 215-804-4777 to be sure you’re in the second group.