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As you know, flossing can play a major role in maintaining good oral health. Conversely, if you don’t floss daily, you’ll probably find yourself facing unpleasant consequences—and sadly these consequences may not be limited to your mouth.

You see, flossing cleans your gum line. In reality, there is not better—or safer—method available or cleaning your gum line. Sadly, if your gum line isn’t cleaned adequately, your gums ay become inflamed and you may have to cope with gum disease, erosion of your gum line, damage to your jaw bone, and even tooth loss. However, that isn’t all you could have to worry about. In fact, if you have gum disease, you may experience serious health issues such as heart disease, respiratory problems, dementia, or even cancer.

Fortunately, proper flossing isn’t complicated. However, there may be a few things you can improve on. For instance, did you know that you should use about 18 inches of floss? This allows you to have a clean piece of floss to use between every tooth. Similarly, had you heard that you should scrape gently under the gum line to remove plaque and food debris that could lead to health issues?

Finally, please remember to be gently with your teeth. Brushing and flossing too hard can actually damage your gums and lead to a different set of complications.

To learn more about the importance of flossing, the type of floss you should use, or to simply schedule an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at Eli Lawrence, DDS by calling us at 312-236-9895 or stopping by our practice. We’ll gladly answer any of your calls. Dr. Eli J. Lawrence and our team look forward to meeting you soon.