One Tool for Better Gum Health | Dr. James Wright

Dentist Crescent Springs

Welcome to Heritage Dental Center – Mall Rd, where Dr. James Wright and our dedicated team prioritize your oral health and well-being. Periodontal disease can manifest in various symptoms, from loose teeth to bad breath and bleeding gums. However, it can also begin silently, without any obvious signs. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, it can lead to irreversible damage to your teeth and gums. The good news is that periodontal disease is preventable, and one of the most effective preventive measures is as simple as spending a minute each day.

Flossing: Your Defense Against Periodontal Disease

Dental floss is a powerful yet straightforward tool in the fight against periodontal disease. Even if you brush your teeth thoroughly for two minutes, twice a day, incorporating daily flossing into your routine is crucial. Flossing reaches areas between teeth where your toothbrush cannot, removing plaque and bacteria buildup that contribute to gum disease. It effectively cleans out food debris, sugars, and acids that accumulate in small gaps and tight spaces throughout the day.

Understanding Flossing Facts

Surprisingly, only 40% of Americans floss daily, according to a survey referenced by the American Dental Association. Yet, regular flossing is directly linked to better oral health outcomes. Unfortunately, many individuals misrepresent their flossing habits. A study by the American Academy of Periodontology found that 27% of adults lie to their dentist about their flossing frequency.

Mastering Flossing Techniques

Proper flossing technique may seem daunting, but it’s straightforward with practice. Cut about 18 inches of floss and wrap most of it around your middle finger, leaving about an inch to clean between each pair of teeth. Using your thumb and index finger, carefully slide the floss between teeth, ensuring you reach beneath the gumline for thorough cleaning.

At Heritage Dental Center – Mall Rd, we’re committed to empowering you with the knowledge and tools you need to maintain optimal oral health. Don’t hesitate to reach out to schedule your next dental visit, and let us partner with you in preserving your beautiful smile.

Heritage Dental Center – Mall Rd
Phone: 859-918-5760
8197 Mall Rd
Florence, KY 41042