Flossing for a Great Smile
Flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing, so why is it that we often forget or neglect to floss? Whatever your reasons may be, Dr. Ochsner wants all Onalaska, WI residents to know that brushing AND flossing are the key ingredients to keeping a happy, healthy mouth in between appointments at Neighborhood Smiles. In fact, we believe in flossing so much, we wrote this article to teach our patients why it’s so important. Read this and you’ll think twice about skipping a good flossing!
Flossing is an easy, affordable investment in the health and beauty of your teeth. So why do we choose not to floss?
The most common complaint is that it’s not convenient. Maybe that extra couple of minutes in the morning is hard to spare, or you are just too tired to deal with floss at bedtime. We at Neighborhood Smiles understand that daily life often gets in the way of a good dental hygiene routine, but we want our patients to know that they’ll be happier and healthier in the long run if they floss regularly.
Here are a few great reasons to floss:
1) There a ton of different ways to floss. If you don’t like wrapping it around your fingers the old-fashioned way, there are disposable floss picks, floss-holders, WaterPiks, long-handled flossing implements and more! Give us a call at Neighborhood Smiles and we’ll be more than happy to help you pick the tool that’s perfect for you.
2) Flossing is an investment that always pays off. Once you have the right tool there’s no reason not to floss, but just in case, here’s another great incentive. Flossing every day will save you a bundle in dental care costs. The number one cause of tooth loss is late-stage periodontitis (gum disease), but flossing regularly will help protect you from the painful, pricey aftermath of losing teeth. Cavities also fear the power of floss.
3) Regular flossers have whiter teeth. Sure, there are plenty of over the counter chemical treatments designed to whiten your teeth, but none of them prevent stains and discoloration the way flossing and brushing do. Strips and bleaches may help get rid of stains, but flossing removes the food particles between teeth the cause the problem in the first place. Before you think about spending $40 on a set of strips, spend $2 on some floss and put the ultimate stain-fighter to work!
Let’s face it- flossing is cool. If you have any doubts, Dr. Ochsner can give you plenty more reasons to floss and teach you the best way to do it. Schedule an appointment at Neighborhood Smiles today and we’ll help you master the art of flossing for better oral health!