According to a new survey commissioned by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), more than a quarter or adults admit that they lied to their dentist about how often they floss their teeth. This is not a good idea, because flossing is crucial to protecting the health of your teeth and gums. Besides, your dentist can probably tell when you’re lying because of receding gums and the effects on your teeth.
Lying Public Exposed!
The AAP commissioned this survey to expose just how many people were avoiding confessing that they didn’t take good care of their teeth. The survey was administered online to more than 2000 individuals in the top 10 US markets, including Los Angeles. In the survey, 27% of respondents admitted to lying about the oral hygiene technique.
Your Dentist Likely Knows the Difference
What’s wrong about this lie is that in general, our dentist knows when we are fibbing about flossing. Flossing helps remove plaque from places where it’s hard for a toothbrush to get. This means the part between the teeth as well as along the gum line.
If you don’t floss regularly to remove that accumulated plaque doesn’t stay soft, it turns into a hard substance called tartar. When you come in for your regular checkups, your dentist and hygienist will be able to read how often you floss by the accumulation of tartar on your teeth.
And tartar is just the first sign of your failure to floss. Tartar shelters gum disease bacteria, making it easier for them to grow, which can lead to gum disease and, eventually, receding gums.
Protect Your Gums by Flossing
BUt there’s no need to lie about flossing to your dentist if you just go ahead and do it. Here’s how to make sure you’re flossing properly:
- Use 18 inches of floss
- Wrap floss around the middle fingers of each hand
- Hold the floss between your thumb and forefinger to guide it between teeth
- Make the floss into a “c” shape curved around first one tooth, then the other
- Use new sections of floss for each pair of teeth
- Don’t forget to floss the back of your last teeth
Following these steps can really help you prevent receding gums.
But if you’ve suffered receding gums and it’s too late for flossing, we can help. We offer comprehensive treatment for receding gums that can restore the beauty and health of your smile. To learn more, please call (310) 275-5325 in Beverly Hills or (949) 551-5902 in Orange County.