Posts for tag: Flossing

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
December 09, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   Flossing  

A couple of years ago the Associated Press published an article claiming the health benefits of flossing remained unproven. The article cited a number of studies that seemed to conclude the evidence for the effectiveness of flossing in helping to prevent dental disease as “weak.”

As you can imagine, dental providers were a bit chagrined while flossers everywhere threw away their dental floss and happily declared their independence from their least favorite hygiene task. It would have seemed the Age of Flossing had gone the way of the dinosaurs.

But, the demise of flossing may have been greatly exaggerated. A new study from the University of North Carolina seems to contradict the findings cited in the AP article. This more recent study looked at dental patients in two groups—those who flossed and those who didn’t—during two periods of five and ten years respectively. The new study found conclusively that the flosser group on average had a lower risk of tooth loss than the non-flossers.

While this is an important finding, it may not completely put the issue to rest. But assuming it does, let’s get to the real issue with flossing: a lot of people don’t like it, for various reasons. It can be time-consuming; it can be messy; and, depending on a person’s physical dexterity, difficult to perform.

On the latter, there are some things you can do to make it a less difficult task. You can use a floss threader, a device that makes it easier to thread the floss through the teeth. You can also switch to an oral irrigator or “water flosser,” a pump device that sprays a fine, pressurized stream of water to break up plaque between teeth and flush most of it away. We can also give you tips and training for flossing with just your fingers and thread.

But whatever you do, don’t give up the habit. It may not be your most favorite hygiene task but most dentists agree it can help keep your teeth healthy for the long-term.

If you would like more information on the benefits of flossing, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
October 01, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care   Flossing  

Woman FlossingPreventive care is an important aspect of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Many different types of restorative and corrective dental procedures, such as root canal treatment, are available for addressing oral health problems after they have already developed. However, most oral health problems can be prevented. Preventive care involves maintaining good oral hygiene at home, as well as scheduling regular oral exams and cleanings with a dentist. Dr. Joel Johnson is your dentist in Columbia, SC, for preventive dental care.

What is Preventive Care?

Preventive dental care emphasizes the prevention of various oral health problems, such as cavities or gum disease. Prevention is achieved through good oral hygiene habits at home, which include brushing and flossing daily. Brushing should be done twice daily with a toothpaste containing fluoride. Other healthy habits include limiting the consumption of food and beverage items high in sugar, as well as avoiding the use of tobacco products.

One of the most critical components of preventive dental care is visiting a Columbia dentist regularly. The dentist will perform an oral exam to look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. If any problems are detected, they can be treated promptly before getting worse and spreading to other areas of the mouth.

In addition to an oral exam, regular dental checkups also include a professional cleaning. Professional cleanings are important for removing the buildup of plaque and tartar from the teeth. Tartar buildup cannot be removed simply by brushing the teeth. It can only be properly removed with the right dental tools and equipment. Removing plaque and tartar helps prevent gum disease from developing.

Preventive care is the best way to keep your teeth, gums, and entire mouth healthy. Regular dental checkups with professional cleanings are an important part of preventive care. To schedule your next dental checkup with Dr. Johnson, your Columbia dentist, call the dental practice at (803) 788-2555.

Columbia, SC Dentist
Joel E Johnson, DMD, PA
9 Office Park Ct.
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 788-2555
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