Stop lying to your dentist.

A third of Americans report that they never floss, and few people do so regularly.

Even scarier, 25% of Americans have gone 2 or more days without brushing their teeth in the last year.

We all know that regular brushing and flossing are essential to good oral health, yet we’re certainly lacking in that category.

Here are some reasons why you should use gum dental floss daily so you don’t have to lie to your dentist.

Why Should I Floss?

The dentist wants to make their job easier and they simply want you to be healthier.

So when they give you a hard time about not flossing, we promise it’s in your best interest.

Here are 3 reasons why you should use gum dental floss regularly.

1. Preventing Tartar Buildup

It doesn’t take very long to see plaque buildup on and between your teeth.

It’s most obvious after a cleaning when they’ve scraped it all off and you find yourself with new gaps between your teeth.

That plaque is very bad for your teeth because it eventually becomes rock-hard tartar and even worse, causes gum disease, tooth decay, and root canal issues. We’ve all heard just how painful a root canal procedure can be.

Frankly, brushing isn’t enough to remove plaque, but flossing gets right in-between your teeth to scrape it away.

2. Preventing Bad Breath

We’ve all brushed and still felt food between our teeth. Some of us don’t give it a second thought, but that food is allowing bacteria to grow and multiply in your mouth.

Not only does this bacteria wear away at enamel and contribute to gum disease, it also makes your breath smell awful.

Definitely don’t get caught with a piece of spinach in your teeth!

3. Strengthen Your Gums

People with sensitive or bleeding gums often worry that flossing will make their issue even worse.

However, regular flossing helps gums become more resistant and even bleed less over time.

Those who regularly floss show less bleeding in the gums, and generally higher oral health.

How Often Should I Floss?

You should floss no less than once a day.

If you have difficulty getting between your teeth, look into waxed flosses that help the floss glide between your teeth.

Even with braces or sensitive gums, you can find a safe and healthy way to floss, with just a little bit of research or some guidance from your dentist.

What Makes GUM Dental Floss Special?

GUM’s parent company, Sunstar was founded in 1923 and takes an active role in the worldwide advancement of oral health.

They’re pioneers when it comes to products dedicated to oral health, inventing items such as colored toothbrush handles, waxy floss, and floss threaders for those with bridges or braces.

The fact is, GUM has been a leader in oral health products for a long time, so you can trust their products and proudly support their mission.

Final Thoughts

Next time you’re brushing, don’t forget to floss!

It helps prevent plaque, gingivitis, and gum disease.

If you’re looking to improve your oral health in the Chattanooga area, contact the friendly and knowledgeable team at Shallowford Family Dental Group today.

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