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Five Great Reasons to LOVE Flossing

November 20, 2012

People who floss every day are taking a significant step in keeping their teeth clean and healthy!  Flossing was invented by Dr. Levi Spear Parmly, a dentist in New Orleans, in 1815!  However, for as long as humans have been chewing food, they have been looking for ways to remove food caught between their teeth.  Toothpick grooves have even been found in prehistoric teeth.  Historians believe they used toothpicks fashioned from bird claws, bones, ivory, shells, quills or even walrus whiskers.  Luckily today we have a much better option, Flossing!

 

Five Great Reasons to LOVE Flossing

 

1.)    Dental floss can be very handy!

 

  • Floss can be used for quieting a drippy faucet, tying your Thanksgiving turkey, or fixing a loose button in a jam.  Dental floss is often included in emergency kits because it is lightweight and strong and can be used for a variety of purposes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.)    Dental floss fights bad breath!

 

  • Flossing reaches more tooth surface and food debris than brushing alone.

 

 

3.)    Dental floss can save you money in the long run.

 

  • For only a few dollars, you can prevent costly procedures down the road.

 

 

4.)    Dental floss could save your teeth.

 

  • Periodontal disease and many cavities start between the teeth where the bristles of your toothbrush simply cannot reach.  Flossing helps keep your gums healthy and your teeth where they belong.

 

 

5.)    Dental floss could save your life

 

  • Many health professionals believe that unhealthy gums can increase your risk for lung disorders, heart disease and early term labor.

 

 

Three Week Challenge

 

We are challenging all of our patients who are not currently flossing to floss every day for three weeks.  We guarantee that you will see healthier gums and a cleaner mouth.  Find a system that works for you so you can make it a habit that lasts.  Add it to your nighttime routine if you are rushed in the morning, try floss picks if they are easier for you to hold, or try a new flavor or type.  And remember… “Only floss the teeth you want to keep!”

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