Slide it Through Your Mouth- It’s Dental Floss

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(—March 25, 2013) Key Largo, FL—The age old adage that flossing prevents cavities is still very much unproven, however there are distinct correlations that point to the act of flossing teeth daily and preventive maintenance.  It is true that the existence of sugar and foods decay the enamel on teeth if left alone for extended periods of time.  Brushing and flossing are ways that we can get between our teeth and remove whatever residue might pose to be a dental agent for decay. 

A tooth brush just cannot get to areas of our teeth that are impossible to reach.  Dental floss, which can come in various materials to ease the movement between the teeth seems to get the job done.  The raw answer is that we need to create a level of friction that can rub our teeth from all surface areas.  This action enables the teeth to get tartar and plaque removed and not accumulate.  Further, the gums are protected as the plaque cannot develop and penetrate beneath the gum line.  Periodontal disease often is caused by lack of proper cleaning, especially flossing and proper gum and tooth care. 

There is no empirical evidence to support tooth decay prevention by flossing however gum disease is as insidious if not worse than dental decay.  The gums support the teeth and provide the ground support for the dental roots to grow and thrive effectively. 

The truth is that most people that floss, do not floss properly and do not scrape the parts of the teeth that develop bacteria.  Some periodontists actually recommend using a full bodied tooth pick that scrapes between the teeth and causes more effective friction to clean the food particles and tartar development there.  This method also is easier to manipulate for most people who can easily slide the tooth pick back and forth between each tooth.   The front has easier access while the inside of the mouth can be reached with a periodontal instrument that can reach inside and scrape from a different vantage point. 

There is a substance called Xylitol that comes from the bark of a silver birch tree that also is found in some berries, fruits, and mushrooms.  This can be purchased as a gum that some dentists are recommending chewing three times a day after meals.  Its benefit destroys bacteria significantly and in lozenges, is even more abundant.  As a substitute sweetener, many are using this to supplement their sweet or sugar accompaniment to other foods. 

For more dental care and preventive maintenance techniques, contact  Ultimate Dental Care

(305) 453-9105  103400 Overseas Hwy #234  Key Largo, FL 33037


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