Does Floss Slow Down Existing Gum Disease Progression?
Posted on 6/22/2020 by Ashley Miller
If we're being honest, flossing is not at the top of most of our patient's lists of things to do. We hear all the time that flossing is no big deal. However, if you are fighting gum disease, flossing is really important. In fact, flossing may be one of the most important things you can do to fight gum disease. Not sure what we're talking about? Here are some facts you need to know about flossing and dental health.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is caused by bacteria. Bacteria is always in your mouth, and usually it is there to help you break down food. However, too much bacteria causes both tooth decay and gum disease. Gum disease is an infection of your gum tissue. Stage one of the disease causes your gum tissue to become red and inflamed. Stages two and three lead to damage along your gumline. If it is left untreated, gum disease can cause loss of gum tissue and tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is one of the leading causes of restorative dental work such as bridges, implants, and dentures.
If you have gum disease, you need to be flossing every day. If you brush and floss after each meal and you come to see us for your regular dental visits, you can actually slow down the progression of gum disease. The key to treating gum disease is to keep your gums as healthy as possible. If you have periodontitis, which is the second and third stage of gum disease, then you have spaces between your teeth and gums called pockets. When you brush and floss, you are keeping these spaces as clean as possible, which slows down the progression of gum disease. When you don't floss regularly, food particles get trapped in the pockets, which causes more bacteria to grow.
If you have questions about gum disease and proper oral hygiene, why not give us a call today? We would love to help you figure out how to improve your oral care routine!