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Let’s Give Thanks For Dental Floss! [BLOG]

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If Thanksgiving festivities and Black Friday shopping distracted you from celebrating National Flossing Day, our team at Alluring Smiles in Mesa, AZ wants to remind you about the value of flossing and why making it a priority is so very important!

Let’s Give Thanks For Dental Floss!

Your teeth are made to last a lifetime, but there’s an unspoken cosmic contract that helps you avoid premature tooth loss. Your part of that contract is to take care of your teeth and gums as best you can.

Yet, most adults admit to not flossing each day like they should.

If you’re one of those people, let’s talk about why we should all give thanks for dental floss and, perhaps you’ll be inspired to recommit yourself to making it part of your daily routine.

*Why You’ll Give Thanks For Flossing*

There’s nothing more annoying than a pesky piece of food lodged between your teeth in some hard-to-reach place in your mouth.

So one reason to be thankful for dental floss is that sense of relief when it gets food particles out from tight crevices.

But there’s an added blessing there. When you clean your mouth of food particles and debris from your meals, you’re eliminating the power source of harmful bacteria that’s responsible for acids that eat away at your teeth, tooth decay that leads to cavities, and gum disease that threatens your oral and overall health.

*Why IF Matters More Than WHEN*

Do you skip flossing your teeth too often because you don’t have time?

It’s understandable, considering how busy we are on the whole.

But flossing only takes a minute. And that’s a minute you can spare for the sake of your oral and overall health.

It’s part of gum disease prevention, and since this is the number one cause of premature tooth loss, flossing is a critical part of daily oral care.

So when it comes to this practice, it doesn’t matter when you floss.

It matters more if you floss at all, which means you should do it at any time of the day where you’re the least rushed. After awhile, you’ll become more comfortable with the habit and can floss before or after you brush either in the morning or at night.

*Why Your Gums Need Dental Floss*

Maybe you don’t floss as often as you should because it’s uncomfortable.

Sensitive gums isn’t necessarily cause for alarm, yet coupled with other symptoms, it could be a sign that gum disease may already be setting in. Look for:

*Tender or swollen gums

*Bleeding gums

*Sores on your gums

*Receding gums

*Loose or sensitive teeth

*Persistent bad breath

Any pain or discomfort inside your mouth isn’t normal and should be checked out by Dr. Portocarrero and our team.

If you’re in the clear in regards to periodontal infection, but flossing is still uncomfortable, that’s all the more reason to make it a habit!

Flossing is essential to gum disease prevention, so it’s an oral hygiene step you never want to skip. The better care you take with your teeth and gums, you may find your gum sensitivity fade over time.

If not, talk to us about various flossing techniques and tools that may help make it a more comfortable practice at home.

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Every single day, you have a choice.

You can either simply go through the motions when it comes to cleaning your teeth.

Or you can honor the commitment you’ve made to yourself to actively protect your health.

Dedicating yourself to best oral hygiene practices means getting out the dental floss and taking that quick, but valuable step in keeping your teeth and gums healthy!

Leave the rest to us! Call Alluring Smiles today at 480-525-6617 or fill out our online form to request an appointment in our Mesa, AZ dental office.

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