I always get so many patients in the chair that reluctantly shrug their shoulders and confess their flossing habits are not what they should be. Often a hint of reluctance to share their true flossing habits can be detected. This begs the question.
Can the dentist tell if I am flossing?
Unfortunately for you the answer is most of the time YES!
1. Plaque and calculus Build Up
Build up between the teeth is guaranteed if you are not flossing. Even if you have the fanciest electric toothbrush and are diligent with brushing you just can't get clean between the teeth with floss or a water flosser.
2. Gum inflammation
Your dentist and dental hygienist should be taking measurements called probings to insure that your gums are in good health. Poor gum health is called periodontal disease and destroys bone, ligiment, and gum tissue. We check each patient at their hygiene visit and consider this the most important part of our exam. Periodontal disease is now linked to diebetes and heart disease. So floss for your overall health.
3. Your mom knows when you are lying.
So does your dentist!
4. Callouses on your fingertips.
We can always check your fingertips to see if you have the appropriate callouses on your fingers from frequent use of floss. Don't let us play detective, dust off that floss and get to it.
Question: Have you ever lied to a dentist? What did you tell them? Comment below...
Good Luck next time,
Dr. Sam Weisz