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Floss or Die: Another (more dramatic) reason your dentist wants you to floss

You’ve heard it a thousand times.  You need to floss.

But let’s be honest, flossing isn’t the most fun activity.  And if you don’t regularly floss, it can be pretty uncomfortable.

Studies show that less than fifty percent of all people floss everyday.

And I don’t blame them.  It’s not the most fun activity, but it’s really important.   If you want good breath and healthy teeth, you are going to want to floss every day.   But is that a good enough of a motivation?

How about this as a motivation?  Floss or die.

I know, I know.  Pretty dramatic, but it really is true.

Here’s a infographic that demonstrates the effects of poor dental hygiene on your body:

Floss or Die: Another reason to floss

Infographic Source: Your Local Security

1)   Brush your teeth.  Brush them once in the morning and once at night.  Make sure your toothbrush isn’t worn out.  When you start seeing the bristles on your toothbrush warp it is a telling sign that it’s time to replace your toothbrush.   Usually, you need to replace your brush every three to four months.

2)   Floss daily.  There are food particles that get caught between your teeth that aren’t cleaned with a toothbrush.  Only flossing will completely clean between your teeth.

3)   Eat right.  When you eat healthy food, your teeth stay healthy.  Food that is high in sugar is very bad on your teeth.

4)   See the dentist.  Even with the best brushing and flossing, it’s important to see the dentist so that he/she can find problems before they get serious.

For the sake of your own health (and life), take good care of your teeth.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

About the Author

  • Dr. Jay L. Robertson

    Dr. Jay L. Robertson

    Dr. Jay Robertson joined our practice in July 2008. He is from Montgomery and is a graduate of Saint James School, Birmingham-Southern College, and the University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Alabama Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.

    Dr. Robertson and his wife Jennifer have four children, John Campbell, Julian, Lowe, and Ansley.

    Dr. Robertson serves on the board of the Montgomery Quarterback Club and is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Montgomery. When not at work, Dr. Robertson enjoys all things sports, including Auburn, golf, and his children’s various sports.

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