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Dona W. Prince, DDS

Floss Your Teeth For Good Health

  • By Dona Prince
  • 31 January, 2018

When it comes to your health, there are a lot of things that you can do to promote it. A healthy diet, drinking water instead of soft drinks or sweet tea, regular exercise, and eating in moderation are all necessary choices to help you achieve good health. While most people put a great deal of consideration on their “bodies,” one of the most important places of the body is overlooked: the mouth. When you stop to think about it, the mouth is where most of your health (or lack thereof) comes into play. What you eat and drink enters through your mouth; bad habits such as smoking, chewing tobacco, biting your fingernails, and crunching ice all involve your mouth. Understanding this, then, helps you to realize how important your mouth is to your overall health.

The most important thing you should know regarding your oral health, and this may shock you, is that flossing is the most important oral health care habit that you can do. Yes, flossing is more important than brushing your teeth! That is not to suggest that you stop brushing your teeth – you will lose friends if you do. However, it is to point out how important flossing is to your mouth, and, thus, to your entire health.

Millions of bacteria take up residence inside your mouth on any given day. These bacteria, like all bacteria, can cause harm to your health. When bacteria linger inside your mouth they begin to create dental plaque. This plaque is the sticky white stuff that coats your teeth late in the day. Laden with acid-producing bacteria, dental plaque is the source of most cavities, dental decay, and gum disease. Dental floss is the only tool that you can use to remove plaque from the teeth. Floss is designed to slide under the plaque and scrape it away from the teeth. When done on a daily basis, dental plaque buildup is kept at bay. However, when you do not floss daily, you are allowing this damaging plaque to build up and assault your teeth and gums on a continual basis. Dental decay and gum disease are extremely serious conditions that have been directly linked to diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, and pregnancy loss.

One of the most important things that you can do to achieve good health is to make flossing your teeth a daily habit. Dona W. Prince and her dental team want to partner with you in achieving a healthy, beautiful smile. Call our practice today.

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Dona W. Prince, DDS
4220 Sergeant Road, Suite 100
Sioux City, IA 51106
(712) 274-2228