The Importance of Flossing: A Note from Your Battle Creek Dentist

Daily flossing is an incredibly important part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. However, did you know that more than thirty percent of adults are not truthful with their dentist about how often they floss? What’s really surprising considering the importance of flossing is that of that more than thirty percent who are not honest with their Battle Creek dentist about their flossing habits – thirty percent would prefer to do chores they find unpleasant over flossing their teeth. The sad truth is that flossing may be seen as a waste of time and unnecessary for many people. While the importance of brushing is known and understood – even when we’re young – flossing isn’t usually as much a part of the conversation.

It’s probably not surprising that a large majority of Americans brush their teeth at least once a day, however, only about forty percent floss daily. This number could be even less considering people have been known to be dishonest about their flossing habits. For many people, simply brushing daily and seeing a dentist twice a year for a cleaning is not enough to keep gums and teeth healthy. Regular flossing combined with brushing and seeing your dentist can help you to avoid gum disease and other oral health problems. And, if you already have gum disease, flossing can not only help protect your gums from further damage, but also restore them to a healthier state.

At Houghtaling Dental, your Battle Creek dentist, we understand the importance of daily flossing. We have seen the damage that can be done by not flossing as well as the healing that can come from incorporating flossing into your daily routine. If you’re having issues while flossing, such as crowded teeth, be honest with your dentist who can work with you to come up with a solution.