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Are You Flossing?

Woman Flossing

Is flossing something you really do every day, or is it a task that you fervently try to catch up on the night before your dental appointment? If you are like 70% of the American population, you don’t follow through on this important oral hygiene responsibility on a daily basis.

While many patients understand the importance of brushing, a small percentage recognize the value of flossing. If you are not an avid flosser, it is time to consider the serious consequences you are setting yourself up for in terms of your oral health and overall health. (By the way, your dentist or hygienist can almost always tell if you’ve only been flossing right before your dental exam!)

Why Flossing Matters

Brushing is undoubtedly critical to your oral health. However, there is simply no way for your toothbrush to reach all surfaces of your teeth. In fact, nearly 35% of your tooth surface is missed when you brush but neglect to floss. When that sticky film of plaque builds up in the tight spaces between your teeth and just below the gum line, flossing is often the only way to remove it.

The Dental Health Risks of Not Using Floss

Unfortunately, there is a host of oral health issues that can develop when plaque is allowed to linger in the mouth, ranging from bad breath and cavities to periodontal disease and more. Gum disease is among the most common and serious setbacks in those who avoid flossing.

Gum disease develops when plaque is not removed and hardens below the gum line. This irritates these soft tissues that support your teeth, causing the gums to appear red, puffy and even bleed. This is the first stage of gum disease called gingivitis. If this condition is allowed to progress, the gums can become so infected that they start to pull away from the tooth roots and can potentially cause the teeth to lose their stability. Gum disease is not only the leading cause of tooth loss, but the infection can enter the bloodstream and also impact your overall health. Diabetes, stroke, heart attack and premature birth have all been associated with advanced, untreated gum disease.

Make Flossing a Priority

From helping you keep fresh breath to protecting the stability of your teeth, flossing is a simple task with major rewards. If you are a patient who dreads the dentist because you hate to have your teeth scraped or because your gums bleed easily, start flossing!  Daily flossing can significantly improve your experience at your routine dental visits.  At the office of Dr. Mitzi Morris, we love helping patients reap the benefits of dental floss!

 

Posted on the behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC

Our Patient Reviews

Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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