6 Dental Horror Stories That Will Turn You Into A Flosser For Good
12 months ago, 2 Jan 23:17
You brush your teeth twice per day, so that means you’re fine to skip flossing every once in a while (er, all of the time), right? Wrong. Flossing, and doing so on the regular, is crucial to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. “The point of it is to remove the buildup of plaque between your teeth,” says Maria Lopez Howell, D.D.S, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association. “It’s like after you’ve eaten off a plate—you don’t just rinse it, you need to physically remove the film of food that’s on the plate." Hence why not flossing can lead to bad breath, cavities, infection, and gum inflammation and recession, says Mazen Natour, D.M.D., a Manhattan-based prosthodontist. In extreme cases, gum recession and disease can even lead to the teeth falling out completely. And yet, a third of Americans admit that they don’t floss daily, according to an analysis of information from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Meanwhile, more than a quarter of Americans admit to lying about their flossing habits to their dentists, a survey by the American Academy of Periodontology found. Uh, newsflash: If you’re not flossing, your dentist will know—most likely because of excessive plaque buildup or bleeding gums. Trust us, when it comes to teeth-cleaning, dentists have seen it all. Here, dentists share some stories of the most seriously gross teeth they've ever seen as a result of not flossing. Prepare to cringe—and finally pick up that floss. “I had a patient in his early twenties come in once complaining that his tooth was aching. When I looked into his mouth, I was confused by a silver filling, which looked kind of off. After closer examination, I realized it was a remnant of a candy bar wrapper that was lodged in between his back molars. When I asked how recently he had eaten that candy bar, he admitted it was probably two weeks ago. I used dental floss to remove it and then gave him a lesson on flossing and the importance of doing it daily to remove all foreign objects from his teeth.” —Gary Glassman, D.D.S. “I had a patient who liked DIY projects significantly more than daily flossing. So by the time he was in his early fifties, he had to make a choice between committing to his oral hygiene or risk losing all of his teeth. Instead, he came up with the idea of putting his DIY background to use. He had severe gum disease from not flossing and his teeth were loose and shifting around, so he decided to superglue all of his remaining teeth together! The goal was to make a big blob of teeth that wouldn't move so much. The superglued blob of teeth stayed in his mouth for a little longer, and when I saw him, unfortunately, all of his teeth needed to come out.” —Richard J. Weber, D.M.D. Learn how to to make a great teeth whitener at home: “I’ve seen so much tartar and plaque build up from neglecting to floss that a ...
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