By Dr. Nolan E. Cordon

 

Ask your dentist how many days they work without mentioning flossing and my suspicion is that there will not be too many.  While routine dental examinations and cleanings are an essential ingredient of excellent dental health, a daily regimen of good

personal hygiene, including flossing, is likewise important.

Bleeding, red, swollen, and/or sore gums are often a sign of gingivitis, or inflammation of the gum tissue.  These symptoms often are the result of inadequate oral hygiene including not flossing regularly.  Flossing allows you to clean areas that our toothbrushes usually miss, including the area between the teeth and around the gum tissue.  Flossing also helps reduce cavities as well as bad breath.  Left untreated, gingivitis can progress into a much more serious condition called periodontitis, which can lead to infection and tooth loss.

More recently, research has shown the importance of good oral hygiene and its relationship with the health of the body.  Make

the decision today to make daily flossing part of your dental

hygiene regimen.

Dr. Nolan E. Cordon is a specialist in Orthodontics for children, teens and adults and has been providing care for patients in the Desert Ridge area since 1999.