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Not Flossing Causes Gum Disease Which Can Make You Appear Older

The Fountain of Youth Is in Your Gums

I dread my six-month dental checkup because I know what they're going to say — "You're not flossing, are you?" I know brushing alone doesn't help clean between your teeth, and really I have no excuse except that I just don't do it.

Here's some news that'll have us all reaching for the floss. When you don't floss regularly, food gets stuck between your teeth, which turns into sticky plaque and bacteria. When this builds up, it can lead to gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. You know you have it if your gums are inflamed, are tender, or bleed. Your gums will also recede, which means they pull away from your teeth and expose them, which causes damage to your precious chompers. If this progresses and you develop gum disease, your teeth will die, which eventually causes the bones under your teeth to dissolve away. What you're left with is changes in your facial appearance including gaps between your teeth, sunken cheeks, caving in of the lips, and wrinkles along the mouth and cheeks — all of which can make you appear older than you are.

Instead of expensive and uncomfortable procedures to keep wrinkles away, your best bet is to grab youth by the horns and make time to floss at least once a day. After all this I'd like to know if you already floss regularly? If you don't, does this info make you want to start?

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insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
Flossing is a must for me. My gums are way too susceptible to infection these days.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I floss all the time, but I still have some recession due to having braces when I was a kid. I have to make sure I use an extra soft toothbrush and be sure to floss daily.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
:guilty: Went to dentist after 4 years with no visits (I have NO insurance) I have 5 cavities that I cannot afford to pay for. I've been flossing 3x a day since Wednesday.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
I floss every night before bed, even when I don't take off my make-up, I at least, brush my teeth and floss.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I love flossing, too. I am neurotic about it, though. I brush and floss after each meal, every day. :) I am so efficient about it that I floss blind (without using the mirror, just feel only). I am familiar with every spacing, crevice of my teeth. LOL It's nutty, I know.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
i love flossing too! I recommend those little flosser holder-thingies (that's the technical term) for anyone who is having a hard time getting into the habit.
cocoacrispie cocoacrispie 7 years
I love flossing :-)
amber512 amber512 7 years
I always used to hate flossing because I would bleed whenever I did it. I realized I had to toughen up my gums! Now I do it daily and actually don't feel right if I try to go to bed without doing it.
keltothebel keltothebel 7 years
my wake up call was when i got gingivitis. i brushed 2 times a day and flossed.... eh... maybe once every two weeks. it scared me! i went out and bought 5 containers of dental floss. i put one in the shower, one in the medcab, one at my computer, one for work and one in my purse. no excuses for me. i started flossing mostly in the shower and when i'm watching something on the internet. i also switched to making my own toothpaste, since there are a bunch of gross chemicals in toothpaste. my last check up was a breeze! the gingivitis is gone, the cleaning wasn't painful at all. it was the easiest cleaning ever.
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