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Floss or Die?

Floss or Die?

Now that we have your attention, we would like to discuss with you in this edition of the Finkelstein Dental Blog Spot the importance of flossing.  What most fail to realize is that flossing is the single most important factor in preventing Gum Disease.  Did you know that the more you floss, the tougher your gums become? Here we kick the myth that you shouldn’t floss because it irritates your gums.

Statistics state that today on average only 12% of Americans floss on a daily basis.  It’s not enough to just brush your teeth as research shows that brushing can only remove on average 28-53% of plaque in your mouth.

All you have to do is spend two to three minutes flossing at least once a day. This behavior needs to be instilled in your children to help prevent Gum Disease and any complications that can occur from a lack of good oral hygiene.

Harvard studies state that Gum Disease increases Pancreatic and Kidney cancer risk by 62%!  80% of pregnant women with Gum Disease have a 1 in 7 chance of giving birth to a healthy child of normal size!

There are things you can do to aid in the fight such as eating a balanced diet containing vitamin C, A, & E.  It’s a fact that the tooth is the only part of the human body that can’t repair itself.  Stay on top of your dental health and visit your dentist regularly along with brushing and flossing daily.

People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile. ~Lee Mildon

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