Genesis Family Dentistry

One Tool for Better Gum Health | Dr. Stacey Alston


Loose teeth, bad breath, and painful, bloody gums – these are telltale signs of periodontal, or gum, disease. Yet, sometimes, this condition can stealthily progress without any apparent symptoms. Unchecked, it poses a threat of irreparable harm to your teeth and gums. The silver lining? Periodontal disease is preventable, and one of the most potent weapons in your arsenal takes just a minute of your daily routine.

Floss: Your Shield Against Periodontal Disease

Dental floss emerges as a simple yet powerful tool in the fight against periodontal disease. Caused by plaque and bacteria buildup, this condition can be kept at bay with diligent flossing. Even if you brush your teeth thoroughly for two minutes, twice daily, flossing remains crucial. Dental floss excels in cleaning areas that your toothbrush can’t reach, targeting small gaps and tight spaces between teeth where food debris and sugars accumulate throughout the day.

The Truth About Flossing

Despite its efficacy, only 40% of Americans floss daily, as per an American Dental Association survey. Yet, regular intra-oral care correlates significantly with improved oral health outcomes. Unfortunately, some individuals misrepresent their flossing habits to their dentist. A study by the American Academy of Periodontology revealed that 27% of adults fib about their flossing frequency.

Mastering the Art of Flossing

Navigating the world of dental floss can be bewildering. Optimal flossing begins with cutting about 18 inches of floss and winding most of it around your middle finger. Allocate roughly one inch to clean between each pair of teeth. Using your thumb and index finger, gently maneuver the floss to ensure thorough cleaning.

At Genesis Family Dentistry, Dr. Stacey Alston emphasizes the importance of proactive oral care to preserve your smile’s health. Don’t let periodontal disease threaten your dental wellness. Make flossing a daily habit and schedule regular check-ups with our team to safeguard your oral health. Contact Genesis Family Dentistry today to embark on your journey toward a healthier, happier smile. Trust Dr. Stacey Alston and the Genesis Family Dentistry team to be your trusted partners in dental care.

Genesis Family Dentistry
Phone: 980-272-4700
1020 E 10TH ST Suite 1
Charlotte, NC 28204