Flossing Teeth: No More Excuse We've been thinking about flossing a lot which, gien the mission of the Dental Optimizer, shouldn't be a surprise. It might be more accurate to say that we've been thinking little about flossing- how little most people actually do it. It's not much. The best estimates put daily American flossers at about 5-30% of the population. We took a little poll around the office and discovered that while we floss more than the national average, we've got quite a bit of work to do with our colleagues to get them flossing. We've heard all of the excuses and many of us have been known to use them too. It takes too long. (It does not.) I don't know how. (We can tell you.) It hurts my forefinger. (The market has a host of tools to alleviate this, like floss picks.) It's hard to get the right angle. (Once again, there many floss aids out there.) It hurts. Â
(Oh. Maybe we should talk.) My gums bleed. (Hmm. We should definitely talk.) If you use either of the last two excuses then we need to have a heart-to-heart chat about your dental situation. You could also say that we need to have a teeth-to-heart chat, because those two body parts are connected more than you might think. Â First, if you're experiencing pain while flossing you should see a dentist soon. The sooner you get that pain checked out the less likely it will be to get worse and more expensive. Your dentist will also be able to guide you toward better brushing and flossing techniques that will lessen the chance of having a repeat of that pain elsewhere in your mouth. If your gums are bleeding when you floss that can be a sign of deeper problems and possibly more serious risks. It's important to consider that new flossers often experience a few days of minor bleeding as they begin or return to their habit. This bleeding should taper off as the new habit takes hold and the floss does its job. If the bleeding doesnâ€™t taper off then you should see a dentist immediately and possibly a physician.
If the bleeding is persistent then your dentist will be able to assess the situation and prescribe the appropriate tactics to help resolve your condition. He or she may also advise you to see your physician because bleeding gums can be an indicator of other health problems like coronary heart disease or other cardiovascular issues Recent research reveals that 70% of Americans have bleeding gums and that 2,400 people die every day from cardiovascular disease. Those bleeding gums may signify the presence of something called C reactive protein which is known as a â€œheart marker.â€? (A heart marker is a measurable characteristic that reveals risk in heart function.) In some cases the presence of C - reactive protein is considered to be more reliable than cholesterol. Because the link between bleeding gums, C - reactive protein, and heart disease is so strong, traditional dental care should help reduce the affiliated risks. Indeed, studies show that C - reactive protein levels drop as much as 25% by treating periodontal disease and gingivitis.
Considering the side-effects of many statins, improved dental treatment may be an opportunity for some people to avoid them. For those whose heart conditions require statins there’s also good news: proper, traditional dental care combined with the use of a statin can reduce the presence of C - reactive protein by up to 90%. Floss your way out! Periodontitis begins between the teeth and you need to get both particles and bacteria out of there. As much as smokers are encouraged to quit immediately, non-flossers are encouraged to start right away. If bleeding persists see a dentist. If you need help with technique the Dental Optimizer have hundreds of articles to help you get the most out of your routine. We’re heartened, so to speak, to hear about physicians and dentists asking patients about their overall heath. As they come together to inform their patients about the interconnectedness of health issues, we’ll all live longer and smile more brightly as we do. For more details visit here http://www.dentaloptimizer.com/
Published on Apr 5, 2014