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Floss or Die?

Is flossing part of your daily routine? Flossing only needs to be done once a day, whereas brushing should be done at least 2-3 times per day.  What most people 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. If you are a rare flosser, chances are you have become comfortable with the feeling of plaque stuck between your teeth. With just a few flossing sessions, the feeling in your mouth will be like night and day; plaque and gunk is gone, and your mouth feels fresh and clean.

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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