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Lake Grove's Dr. Charles Branen - Lake Grove Dental - LAKE OSWEGO DENTISTRY INSIDERMissed flossing as a New Year's resolution? It's never too late. Sure, a story was published in several publications back in 2016 saying maybe it wasn't necessary, simply because there was no research on the subject. After 58 years of service in Lake Oswego, we here at Lake Grove Dental can tell you flossing makes a huge difference in the health of your teeth and mouth, possibly your overall health as well.

Brushing can do a good job of getting the tooth surfaces (front and back) clean from bacteria, but about 40% of the tooth surfaces can't be reached by a toothbrush. In between the teeth and in the pockets at the base of the teeth is where bacteria and plaque congregate. Without regular flossing, the only way to remove the acid-producing bacteria, plaque and tartar is with a professional cleaning.

There is no getting around that people who don't brush twice and floss once daily have a greater incidence of periodontal disease, a disease of the teeth, gums and mouth. In 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised that oral health is an integral part of our systemic health. Extensive research has shown that the bacteria that flourish in an unhealthy mouth can affect our whole body. With the rise in heart disease and diabetes, we should all use every tool we've got to care for ourselves. Flossing is a simple step that can have huge implications.

Lake Grove Dental

16455 Boones Ferry Rd.

Lake Oswego, OR 97035

503-636-3641

www.lakegrovedental.com