Why Patients Shouldn’t Lie About Flossing

Don't lie about flossing

The average person goes to the dentist regularly for their exams and cleaning and most likely dreads the inevitable question about how often they’ve been flossing. Many people don’t like flossing and don’t do it as often as they should, and it’s tempting to stretch the truth, but in the long run, the only person they’re lying to is themselves. Lying about flossing because a person doesn’t do it daily is detrimental to sustainable oral health because people need the help of their dentist to sustain great oral health and hiding the truth makes proper treatment more challenging.

The dentist can tell

When a person tries to lie to the dentist by saying they’ve been flossing when in fact, they haven’t, it doesn’t do them any good. Dental professionals are highly trained and experienced, and they can tell as soon as they look in a patient’s mouth whether or not they’ve been regularly flossing. Signs of inadequate flossing such as tartar build up under gums and between teeth tell the dentist that a patient needs to improve their oral hygiene habits. Starting to floss regularly a week or two before an appointment can help oral health, but the dentist can still tell that the patient hasn’t been flossing long-term.

Getting on the same page

A dentist is there to give the patient their professional opinion about their oral health and being honest with them is the best way to help them do their job. When a patient and their dentist get on the same page about oral hygiene, it’s much easier to create a personal plan for good oral home care that will help develop beneficial, long-term hygiene habits. Giving the dentist insight into flossing and brushing habits helps the dentist perform more effective and accurate treatments during dental visits. The better the communication between patient and dentist, the better it is for the patient’s smile.

Proper flossing helps identify potential oral issues

Proper, long-term flossing habits make it easier for the dentist to diagnose potential oral health issues. One of the biggest indications of improper flossing is bleeding gums because the gum tissue between the teeth isn’t as strong as it would be if the patient flossed regularly. When gums bleed during a dental visit, and the patient hasn’t been flossing properly, the dentist will find it hard to differentiate bleeding gums from poor oral hygiene or a more serious oral health issue. A patient who regularly flosses eliminates this confusion as their gums have been properly strengthened, and any bleeding indicates a different problem.

For help developing great oral hygiene habits, contact Chianese Dental today to schedule an appointment.

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