Dr Dan Iannotti DDS

Flossing helps to prevent halitosis, helps reduce the risk of heart disease and helps to avoid complications of diabetes.

Your dentist is not trying to annoy or chastise you by asking if you Have been flossing regularly… It’s because they’re looking out for your health! There are many reasons to floss at least once a day.

Brushing, cleans the outer surface and tops of the teeth, flossing cleans the tight spaces between the teeth and the space between the base of the teeth and gums.

Not even the most high tech toothbrush can reach those areas. Also, where antimicrobial/antiseptic mouthwash can kill the bacteria that forms plaque, it cannot remove tartar and pieces of food that can gets

lodged in between your teeth. A survey conducted in 2008 discovered that 49% of Americans floss daily, and 10% never floss at all. Many dentists said, that it was unfortunate for those who didn’t floss, because

it is more important than brushing when it comes to preventing gum disease and tooth loss. One of the #1 excuses dentists hear for not flossing is that “food doesn’s get stuck in my teeth.”

What they need to understand is that flossing isn’t just about removing stuck particles; it’s about removing the plague, tartar as well. Outside of Regular visits to the dentist for Cleanings, Flossing is the only effective way to remove it.

Plague causes tooth decay, inflamed gums (gingivitis), periodontal disease, and tooth loss. But it doesn’t stop there, Flossing is also extremely important because:

  • It helps to prevent or stop halitosis – or, constant bad breath. Not flossing brings about tooth decay, and that brings about halitosis. Gum disease and tooth decay are both caused by plaque, which can also be a source of bad-smelling breath.


  • It helps reduce the risk of heart disease – The mouth is an entryway for harmful bacteria that can reach cardiac tissue. If you suffer from heart disease, flossing and brushing twice daily can help reduce the complications.


  • It helps to avoid complications of diabetes – Evidence says that diabetes can be aggravated when someone has gum disease. Tissue inflammation at the gum level can develop quicker, complicating diabetes. Flossing regularly and removing plaque and tartar helps to reduce and avoid these complications.


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