Milwaukee area dentist Dr. Tony Cigno reveals why flossing is vital to dental health.
Greenfield, WI — July 9, 2018 — Wisconsin Dentist Tony Cigno recently published an article titled, “Why Is Flossing So Darn Important?!”
Pretty much everyone realizes today, that flossing is important to dental health. That’s no big secret. However, understanding why it’s important often helps motivate people to floss regularly and maintain a flossing practice.
As Dr. Cigno explains, “Brushing your teeth is like washing a plate—you don’t just wash one side and say the cleaning is done. When you brush your teeth, your toothbrush is only getting 2 sides, but there are 2 more sides that your brush doesn’t cover and that’s where flossing comes in to play.”
Basically, elaborates Dr. Cigno, flossing allows you to get into the cracks and crevices between the teeth, and between the teeth and gums, where food particles and plaque – bacteria – can hide.
Next, Dr. Cigno covers the benefits of flossing your teeth. Specifically, “Flossing breaks up plaque on your teeth. If that plaque remains on your teeth, it can colonize and change the chemistry of your mouth, allowing pathogens to survive. When pathogens can survive, you are at risk of developing an infection or gingivitis. Gingivitis can lead to gum disease and eventually lead to tooth loss. Flossing also contributes to fresher breath.”
Dr. Cigno also describes how flossing and brushing are more effective than brushing alone. He reminds, “Even if you’re brushing your teeth twice a day, you’re still not getting the optimal cleaning if you don’t floss.”
He adds, “Tooth and gum disease can do much more damage than just causing discolored teeth, discomfort, and bad breath. The bacteria left behind can flourish and harm the rest of the body, leading to things like heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory illness. You may think that this is a one in a million chance, but it is so significant that the CDC began addressing oral health as a step toward reducing life-threatening diseases.”
The entire article can be found here: http://www.cignodental.com/why-is-flossing-so-darn-important/
About Dr. Tony Cigno
Milwaukee Dentist Dr. Antonio (Tony) Cigno has been practicing dentistry for 25 years. He received a DMD from the Washington University School of Dental Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Cigno is also finishing a Fellowship and Mastership at the Academy of General Dentistry.
Additionally, he has written and published several articles and is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Association of Functional Orthodontics, and the International Association of Orthodontics. Dr. Cigno was Wisconsin’s very 1st and Premiere Provider of Fastbraces and one of 10 senior master affiliates in the world.
Committed to continuing education, Dr. Cigno has completed over 600 hours of additional courses in implant dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, fixed prosthodontics, myofascial pain/occlusion and operative dentistry. He also has another 400 hours in interpersonal communication training.