Does flossing really matter?

Flossing Most people incorporate brushing into their daily routine, but it is common for individuals to avoid flossing as well. Flossing it often overlooked, but is an important part of oral health care. Dr. John Highsmith and his team in Clyde, NC provide patients with a few reasons why flossing really does matter! Flossing can impact more than just the health of your smile!

  • Protection of the heart. Research continues to show a direct correlation between cardiovascular disease and periodontal disease. When periodontitis occurs in the mouth, the inflammation and bacteria can spread elsewhere throughout the body, increasing the risk of heart disease and heart attacks. By flossing regularly to achieve optimum dental health, patients are helping more than just their oral health!
  • Protection of the arteries. Inflammation is one of the leading causes of arterial plaque and obstruction, so with routine flossing, patients can also protect their arteries.
  • Reduced risk of diabetes and diabetic complications. Certain health conditions such as diabetes may be impacted by poor oral health. In fact, periodontal disease is known for making insulin resistance worse, and can contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes. When brushing and flossing after every meal, patients reduce these risks dramatically while protecting their oral health.

Learn how to floss with your dental team

Many patients who do not floss regularly may be intimidated by the process. However, during your next dental visit with Dr. John Highsmith, you can speak to the team of professionals to ask about the process of flossing and how to do it effectively. Patients need to be sure to floss gently, but should not be discouraged if their gums bleed during the process. Fresh floss should be used with each tooth juncture, and the floss should be curled around each tooth. Patients who have difficulty flossing with traditional floss may want to purchase certain flossing devices such as dental floss picks or holders to assist.

Learn more about oral health care

Call Dr. John Highsmith of Clyde, NC today at (828) 627-9282 and discuss your oral health care needs. The practice is conveniently located at 78 Nelson Street and is available to help new and existing patients and families.

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