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To Floss, or not to Floss?

Poor dental floss.

No one likes to do it, and it's recently under fire by various social media campaigns claiming no it has no real benefit to our oral health. On top of everything else, a Google search on "How to Floss" is more likely to produce this:
Let's forget for a second that I'm a dentist and that I see daily the negative consequences to your teeth and gums that can occur when you don't floss. (Let's also pretend that I can't tell that you flossed really, really hard the night before your cleaning.)

A simple exercise in common sense should tell you everything you need to know about flossing. Have you ever stopped to look at the stuff you get out from between your teeth when you floss? Better yet, have you ever stopped to smell what get out? It may sound gross, and it is gross. Dental plaque and tartar is, at it's most basic, bacteria. I have many patients come to my office with a chief complaint of a bad smell or taste in their mouths, and most fail to see the obvious that it is often as simple as not being effective enough in removing foul smelling bacteria from your mouth. Bacteria is the same reason that an infected wound elsewhere on the body is accompanied by a foul smell.

Dental plaque is an infection. In it's early stages, it is highly treatable. However, failure to treat the infection in it's early stages can lead to more serious infections of the mouth, such as tooth decay and periodontal disease. There is great product out there for all you non-believers called Coco Floss. I was introduced to it by my wife (who is also a dentist), and it's the best stuff I've tried. I suffer from plaque and tartar buildup just like you; no one is immune.

Take a look at this video if you want to truly see what the benefit of flossing is. Warning, it's not for the faint of heart. Happy flossing.
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