"Do you floss every day?" This is the question that many people dread hearing at their dentist's office. It might be tempting to tell a little white lie and say that you are flossing regularly, but a quick examination from your dentist will give you away every time. Dr. Jennifer Georgiades, who practices at Emerald Coast Family Dentistry in Pensacola, Florida, wants all her patients to floss and to understand the reasons why it's so important.
Why is flossing so important?
Flossing, as you probably know, reaches spaces in the mouth that toothbrushes cannot. Not only does it remove food particles from between the teeth, which prevents unseen cavities from forming, it also protects your gums from infection. The bacteria that feeds on plaque can wreak havoc on the sensitive gum tissue, leading to bad breath, recession and bleeding gums. Advanced gum disease can also cause the jawbone to recede, which can lead to tooth loss. Your Pensacola family dentist, Dr. Jennifer Georgiades, tries to stress to all her patients that these problems can be avoided with daily flossing.
How can I get in the flossing habit?
There are several ways that you can start to maintain a daily flossing habit. Your Pensacola family dentist recommends choosing the flossing picks - sometimes nicknamed "swords" - over the traditional spool of floss since they are easier to use. Try keeping a supply of them in your purse or backpack, in the console of your car, or in your bedside table; wherever you think you would use them most often. To encourage yourself to keep up the routine, make a mark in your daily calendar each time you remember to floss - an X, a dot or even a sticker. This can be an excellent visual reminder that will help keep you on track.
As with any skill, flossing takes practice and consistency. Before long, you'll be able to answer your dentist's flossing inquiry confidently: "Yes, I floss every day!" If you need more information about flossing, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Georgiades, contact Emerald Coast Family Dentistry in Pensacola, Florida today!