This four-part article series seeks to challenge the many excuses made by people for not flossing their teeth on a daily basis.
Welcome to the final installment of this four-part article series on the importance of flossing and why all those excuses we make for neglecting it simply don’t stand to reason. Throughout the course of the series, dental implant specialists in New Jersey have exposed and discussed six common excuses provided by patients, which, to recap, are:
Excuse # 1: I don’t usually get food caught between my teeth so I don’t really need to floss.
Excuse # 2: The floss I use keeps shredding and getting caught between my teeth.
Excuse # 3: No one ever showed me how to floss properly.
Excuse # 4: I’ve had dental work done, which makes it really difficult for me to floss.
Excuse # 5: I just don’t have the co-ordination to floss properly.
Excuse # 6: I just don’t have the time to floss every day.
These specialists have also provided recommendations for combating the various challenges we claim to prevent us from flossing properly. In this article, we shall present the final two flossing excuses.
Flunking Flossing Excuse # 7: Flossing actually hurts my gums, so I’d rather avoid it.
If your gums hurt when you floss and possibly even bleed, then you most likely have inflamed, infected gums. Conditions such as gingivitis and gum disease leave the gums swollen, weakened and sensitive. “While it may seem counter-intuitive to do something that causes you discomfort and makes you bleed, flossing is actually incredibly beneficial to restoring the health of your gums,” says a dental implant specialist in New Jersey.
“By removing the plaque and debris that are irritating and inflaming your gums in the first place, you’ll improve their health and leave them stronger. With time, usually within a week or two if you only have mild gingivitis, flossing should become very comfortable and your gums should cease to bleed. If, however, your problems persist, you should seek the attention of your dentist.”
Flunking Flossing Excuse # 8: I struggle to get the floss between my teeth. They must be positioned too closely together.
“Some patients’ teeth sit very snugly together and as such, they may experience difficulties using unwaxed floss,” say new teeth New York specialists. “If this applies to you, then we recommend that you opt for waxed floss or the brands made from polytetrafluoroethylene, which is a very slippery compound.”
“On the other side of the coin, you might have teeth that are positioned very far apart, in which case it is still important for you to floss, but you may find that most brands don’t seem to do much good. We usually recommend “superfloss” to patients with large gaps between their teeth – or those whose gums have receded from the crowns as a result of gum disease. This floss is quite yarn-like in appearance and, although it seems thick, can stretch to clean those narrow spaces, while expanding outwards to give larger gaps just as good of a clean,” explain dental implant New Jersey specialists.
A Final Note on Flossing
At the end of the day, your dentist should be able to provide you with the assistance and recommendations you need to floss and make sure your teeth get the best possible clean, day in and day out. If you have trouble, speak to your dentist and even ask for some free samples of new products that may help you overcome your difficulties.