With the start of the new year, many of
us reflect on ways that we can improve
ourselves. Some people resolve to lose
weight, Some promise to stop procrastinating.
These are great goals, but I would
like to suggest a simple change that can
yield tremendous results.
Most people do an adequate job brushing
their teeth, but it is surprising how
few people floss on a daily basis. Adding
this simple step to your normal oral
hygiene routine will have a dramatic impact
on the health of your teeth and gums.
Studies have shown that this type of bacteria
grows between our teeth and are
particularly harmful. Because these bacteria
are not removed by brushing, they
are able to form well organized colonies
that are capable of destroying the enamel
between your teeth. Also, these bacterial
colonies are the cause of the inflammation
and bone loss we see when patients
get gum disease.
Using dental floss is the best way of
disrupting the plaque between our teeth
and reducing the risk of cavities and gum
Let's resolve to make 2012 a healthy
year for our teeth and gums. Take a couple
of extra minutes each day to floss your
teeth. If it has been awhile since you've
seen your dentist, resolve to make an appointment
soon. A New Year's resolution
like this is very easy to keep and you
will be impressed at how much it will
affect the health of your mouth. Have a
happy healthy 2012.
Presented in the interest of promoting
a better dental health environment
from the office of:
Frank Soltiz, DDS
Alden, New York 14004