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Dental Health—Do We Really Need to Floss?

Dental Health—Do We Really Need to Floss?Recently there has been a great debate about whether or not people should floss their teeth.  While brushing teeth, removes plaque and bacteria biofilm from the main surfaces of each tooth, flossing is essential to get rid of the same sticky substance that lodges itself in the interproximal spaces (between the teeth).  According to the ADA (American Dental Association), flossing is still recommended at least once per day to maintain a healthy mouth.

Many patients that have dental implants or fixed prosthodontic appliances don’t think they need to keep those areas clean by flossing.  It’s imperative that individuals with these types of prosthetics treat them precisely as natural teeth.  Why?  Bacterial, acid-binding plaque is what causes gingivitis (gum disease) and can also lead to bone loss and other significant infections that infiltrate through the body.

In recent studies, it has been reported that almost 50% of the U.S. adult population has some form of periodontal disease.  That means one out of every two adults over the age of thirty is suffering from some form of gingival bacterial infection.  And depending on whether it is mild, moderate, or severe, these people can experience different degrees of mouth soreness, loose teeth, and discomfort.

A person with any form of gum discomfort, bleeding or bad breath, should consult a dentist about getting those conditions treated right away.  Often, just getting a deep scaling, which is a cleaning that goes a little deeper under the gum line, will correct mild to moderate periodontal disease.  Loose teeth and infection in gingival tissues can be easily treated using techniques such as deep scalings, gingival grafts, laser treatment, and other pocket reduction procedures.

What Makes Ocala Dental Different?
Ocala Dental Care is a restorative dentist office dedicated to offering exceptional care from dental basics to extensive procedures, all within a warm, inviting setting. They provide comprehensive restorative and general dentistry services to patients, including dental hygiene cleanings, root canals, endodontics, dental implants, dentures, crowns, and full mouth reconstruction.

For health concerns and aesthetics, their metal-free prosthetics made with advanced materials in their on-site lab, both restore functionality and complete your smile without unsightly metal.

Ocala Dental Care has three master dentists on staff, dental implant specialists Dr. Manual DeLeon and Dr. K. Woo, along with a general and restorative dentist Dr. Jeffrey Metcalfe.

They understand the financial elements that the patients have to decide upon and offer flexible payment plans to help them receive the quality dentistry they need.

Members of the FDA and Central Florida District Dental Association, they have been serving patients for more than 30 years and look forward to serving all of your dental needs.

If you or someone you know is concerned about their oral health, or if you need a check-up, please contact Ocala Dental Care today at 352-237-6196.

“Smiling Reviews” from a
Few of Our Patients
Truly pleasurable experience. Staff was attentive and the workmanship was efficient yet very, very thorough. Highly recommended. I have worked in healthcare for 20 years and i must say…absolutely Professional and courteous…Patient care was utmost in all the staff, dentists and hygienist’s minds. Highly recommended!!!  –  Anthony C.

A pleasant staff and a friendly atmosphere. Very helpful staff scheduled my wife for her bothering her tooth. We got it quick and no problems the very next day. Thank you!
– Valentine K.

Love this dental office! They are highly advanced in there procedures and have a super pleasant staff that took such great care of me making sure I felt comfortable and relaxed during my wisdom tooth extraction. I never felt so at ease at a dental clinic before until she took care of me at Ocala Dental Care. Will be seeing her again and will be going back again   – Julie V.

Ocala Dental Care
2415 SW 27th Ave
Ocala, FL 34471

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