Posts for tag: Flossing

By TLC Dentistry
December 20, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   Flossing  

A couple of years ago the Associated Press published an article claiming the health benefits of flossing remained unproven. The article cited a number of studies that seemed to conclude the evidence for the effectiveness of flossing in helping to prevent dental disease as “weak.”

As you can imagine, dental providers were a bit chagrined while flossers everywhere threw away their dental floss and happily declared their independence from their least favorite hygiene task. It would have seemed the Age of Flossing had gone the way of the dinosaurs.

But, the demise of flossing may have been greatly exaggerated. A new study from the University of North Carolina seems to contradict the findings cited in the AP article. This more recent study looked at dental patients in two groups—those who flossed and those who didn’t—during two periods of five and ten years respectively. The new study found conclusively that the flosser group on average had a lower risk of tooth loss than the non-flossers.

While this is an important finding, it may not completely put the issue to rest. But assuming it does, let’s get to the real issue with flossing: a lot of people don’t like it, for various reasons. It can be time-consuming; it can be messy; and, depending on a person’s physical dexterity, difficult to perform.

On the latter, there are some things you can do to make it a less difficult task. You can use a floss threader, a device that makes it easier to thread the floss through the teeth. You can also switch to an oral irrigator or “water flosser,” a pump device that sprays a fine, pressurized stream of water to break up plaque between teeth and flush most of it away. We can also give you tips and training for flossing with just your fingers and thread.

But whatever you do, don’t give up the habit. It may not be your most favorite hygiene task but most dentists agree it can help keep your teeth healthy for the long-term.

If you would like more information on the benefits of flossing, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By TLC Dentistry
October 29, 2015
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Flossing  

Flossing seems like such a simple act, but dental patients all over the world, including those who visit TLC Dentistry in Lexington, Kentucky, have a difficult time working it into their hygiene regimen. Maybe it's because flossing seems like it's repeating what Flossingtoothbrushes already do. However, the dentists at TLC in Lexington - Dr. John Thompson, Dr. William Lee and Dr. Pada Chalothorn - want to dispel this belief by educating their patients about the importance of daily flossing.

Why should I floss?

While brushing clears away bacteria buildup on the surface of your teeth, even the most expensive toothbrush can't quite reach the spaces in between your teeth. This provides a place for bacteria to congregate, multiply and harden into tartar, which is what causes gum disease and decay. Since these spaces aren't easily visible, damage to them can go unnoticed for a long time.

What does flossing do?

Think of flossing like law enforcement breaking up an unruly crowd: it interrupts the process of bacterial growth and keeps the spaces between your teeth free of debris. But because bacteria is always present in your mouth, your Lexington dentists stress to their patients that they must floss daily to avoid tartar buildup.

How can I make flossing a habit?

Your Lexington dentist will tell you that it doesn't matter when you floss, just that you do it! Therefore, try to work flossing into the most convenient time in your daily routine. The flossing picks that are available now make the process much handier; some people floss in their car before going into work, others keep a stash of picks by their bedside at night and floss while reading. Keeping a log of when you floss can give you a visual reminder of your progress.

For more tips on flossing, contact the team at TLC Dentistry in Lexington, Kentucky!

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