Want to have a healthy mouth and body? Then floss your teeth everyday. Flossing helps to remove plaque, which is that clear sticky film that our mouths produce day in and day out. Hiding in plaque are the bacteria that can lead to gum disease, which cannot only wreak havoc in your mouth but is also linked to a number of systemic illnesses and diseases. The father and son dental team at Goodman Dental Care has seen the unfortunate consequences that can happen as a result of plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) build up. That’s why your Annapolis dentist recommends regular and proper flossing. Read on for more information and how you can improve your flossing technique.
The Oral-Systemic Connection
Your body is comprised of many inter-related parts that work together. The mouth, of course, is integral because this is where nutrition enters your body. But did you also know that just the condition of your mouth could impact your health?
Dentists and scientists now recognize something called the oral-systemic connection. Specifically, this points to the link between the health of your gums and your overall well being. People who have gum disease—whether the early stage of gum disease called gingivitis or the secondary stage of periodontitis—are more susceptible to certain bodily illnesses and diseases. These include:
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses
- Pregnancy complications, most notably infants with low birth weight
Moreover, these conditions can be exacerbated if gum disease develops. Therefore, flossing may prevent these conditions or help to keep them in check.
Goodman Dental Care is a technologically advanced dental practice, but sometimes nothing works better than the old fashioned way. Flossing is the perfect example. Follow these tips to better your flossing technique.
- Use about 18 inches of floss so you can clean between each pair of teeth with a fresh portion.
- Move methodically around your mouth so you don’t miss any teeth.
- Gently move the floss up and down and back and forth, taking care to reach below the gum line.
- Press the floss firmly against each tooth in order to thorough remove plaque and any particles of food that may be trapped between your teeth.
Call Your Annapolis Dentist Today
A dental checkup and cleaning at Goodman Dental Care always includes flossing. We practice relationship based family dentistry, so please call our office for dentistry that focuses on personalized care. And be sure to check out our great reviews!