Today, we'll be talking about the importance of flossing. Now, most Americans think that if they floss, they will just have a prettier smile. What they don't realize is that if they don't floss, they are more susceptible to periodontitis. Periodontitis, unfortunately, can contribute to other health problems.
To undertand the importance of flossing, we have Deborah Lyle, RDH, BS, MS, Director of Professional and Clinical Affairs, Waterpik, joining us today. She will be discussing why it is important to floss and how water flossing (if string flossing isn't your thing) can be easier and more beneficial to your health.
As Lyle says, it is so important to floss once a day as a means to prevent plaque from building up. "It starts building up within minutes of visiting your dental hygienist and can cause visible signs of infection in as little as two weeks. You simply can't rely on professionals alone to care for you. String flossing will not work for most people. You need the pulsating action of water flossing to clean bacteria out of deep pockets. Only water flossing can find its way into hard to reach places."