With 2017 soon coming to an end, this means the beginning of holiday traditions and celebrations for the whole family including National Floss Day. Unfortunately, unlike Thanksgiving and Christmas, you don’t get the day off, but it’s just as important.
The day after Thanksgiving, the American Dental Association and Beavers Dentistry are coming together to celebrate and remind dental patients about the importance of flossing to help keep your teeth and gums in healthy condition.
Originally established in 2000 by the National Flossing Council, National Flossing Day is a day to educate and remind patients about the importance of flossing. Either it is a traditional floss with a stringed instrument or using a water pick, flossing is a very import and key part of oral health care.
Here are a few reasons why flossing can be beneficial to your overall oral health:
Prevent Tooth Decay
Bacteria, sugars, and food particles develop a film outside the outer layer of the teeth: plaque. The plaque can build up and damage the tooth enamel, which is there to protect the teeth from tooth loss. Flossing and proper dental maintenance can help prevent plaque from building and reducing the chances of tooth decay.
Prevent Bad Breath
First impressions are everything, so you don’t want to turn people away with bad breath. When food particles and debris are left over between your teeth and gums, the food will decay and cause a bad odor. Daily flossing removes the food particles from your teeth, thus reducing bad breath and making conversations better.
Prevent Tartar Build Up
Tartar is one of the leading causes of gum disease. This occurs when plaque builds up and collects around the teeth and is not removed. Daily flossing decreases the amount of plaque on the teeth, making the gums healthier and better looking at your next Beavers Dentistry dental appointment.
Prevent Gum Disease
In addition to cavities, plaque build-up can lead to gum disease or periodontal disease, which is an infectious process to the complete structure of the mouth. Flossing on a regular basis removes plaque between the teeth and cleaning the bacteria that lead to gum disease.
Now that the holiday season is upon us, that means we will all be joining our friends and family members for a great feast and sweets; therefore, the day after Thanksgiving is a great day to remind patients, parents, and kids about the importance and benefits of flossing.
So, before hitting the shopping malls for Black Friday deals, make sure you remember to floss twice a day and in between meals to celebrate National Flossing Day. For more information about general dentistry, contact Beavers Dentistry 919-467-0654