Lucio H. Kim DDS
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I Don't Care if you Brush....My Soapbox about oral hygiene....

Importance of Flossing | Lucio H. Kim, DDS

Really. I don't care if you brush.  

Sounds odd coming from a dentist.

But if you do one thing to keep your teeth until you die...or at least have any hope of keeping your teeth until you die, then FLOSS.  Floss, floss, floss. Then floss some more. Part of my job as a dentist is not only to fix your teeth when they are damaged or decayed, but to help you PREVENT the decay and damage in the first place. It doesn't matter what your teeth look like tomorrow or even five years from now. It's when you are 85 that it really counts to have teeth and not have to TAKE THEM OUT to clean them! And no matter how much you brush, how often, how hard, what kind of toothpaste (as long as it has fluoride) you use...there is a HUGE amount of surface area that does not get touched or cleaned.  And all that bacteria (aka: plaque) sitting there over a long period of time WILL eventually do some damage.

Mouthwashes do not work, water pics do not work, air flossers do not work. That little piece of string is so elegantly designed and works so well! That string will save you THOUSANDS of dollars in dental work over your lifetime and more importantly, it will save you countless HOURS in the dental chair when you could be out doing something else. Everyone is trying to build a better mousetrap...just use the mousetrap!  And use it on a once daily basis at least. Using it once a week or once a month is worthless. You know yourself best. Anything you know you can do to make it a habit. The type of floss doesn't matter...waxed, unwaxed, mint, tape, glide...just some sort of string. Here is a good guide of "how to"  https://www.wikihow.com/Floss This is the "lecture" I give to all my patients. You don't get beat over the head with it every time you come in...we don't like the lecturing.  You're adults.  

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You just need the information and the importance of it. If you have any questions, you can email me or call me at the office! In good health and happiness, Lucio H Kim, DDS

 

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