Something to Floss about: Central Illinois Periodontist Promotes Elevated Oral Health through the Power of Floss

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If there was a growing invasion of bacteria living in your gums, would you know it? This February, Central Illinois Periodontist Dr. Kirk Noraian is raising awareness about the silent killer of teeth - gum disease - all through the power of floss.

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Brushing without flossing is like only washing 70% of your body.

Periodontal (gum) disease is a serious inflammatory disease that is caused by a bacterial infection and leads to the destruction of the gums and supporting bone that hold teeth in the mouth. When neglected, teeth can become loose and fall out. Advanced warning signs include persistent bad breath, swollen or bleeding gums, loose or sensitive teeth, or gums that have pulled away from teeth. Flossing can significantly decrease a persons chances of having gum disease. In fact, recent studies have shown that flossing daily has numerous health benefits, including increased memory and living a longer life.

“We want to give patients something to floss about this year – a clean bill of oral health,” stated Noraian. “We are giving away flossing tips this February in an effort to make sure our community puts oral health at the top of their list in 2014. Through the power of floss, this preventative action can help our community remain healthy.”

Flossing is extremely important to maintaining a clean and healthy smile. Unlike a toothbrush, which cleans the tops and outer surfaces of the teeth and gums, floss is an interdental cleaner. It’s designed specifically to clean the tight spaces between the teeth and the gap between the base of the teeth and the gums. Floss removes food trapped between the teeth and removes the film of bacteria that forms there before it has a chance to harden into plaque.

The power of floss comes from its flexibility and tiny nylon threads, however many Americans underestimate its utility. Less than half of Americans floss daily, seldom relying on a toothbrush alone to keep their mouths bacteria free. If a person ignores flossing, they run the risk of increasing their chances of developing gum disease. To put this into perspective, brushing without flossing is like only washing 70% of your body. As with bathing, exercise, and other daily activities, it’s important to make flossing part of a daily routine.

While flossing requires dexterity and coordination, there are several options available for those who experience hand pain, have large fingers, arthritis, or suffer from paralysis. Those individuals can use floss holders, battery-operated electric floss, or disposable toothpick dental stimulators, all of which remove plaque effectively and are safe to use.

For over 20 years, Noraian has specialized in periodontics and the critical treatment and intervention of gum disease. Noraian’s passion and commitment to saving smiles can be attributed to his extensive experience and involvement in dentistry. Prior to serving the greater Bloomington-Normal and Champaign-Urbana areas, Noraian was the attending periodontist for the University of Chicago Hospitals and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics at Northwestern University Dental School. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) and Master of Science degrees from Northwestern University. Also, Noraian is a certified provider and teacher of Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), an advanced surgical therapy designed to treat periodontitis which regenerates bone and reduces the discomfort associated with traditional treatments.

The periodontal and dental implant practice of Dr. Kirk Noraian provides state-of–the-art education, examination, and treatment. Dentists and other oral health practitioners seeking additional information should contact his office to schedule a lunch and learn or informal session. Patients throughout Central Illinois can visit the office in Urbana at 2020 Philo Road, or the office in Bloomington at 105 North Williamsburg Drive. For more information about LANAP or additional services, contact Dr. Noraian’s professional staff in Urbana at (217) 367-6149 or Bloomington at (309) 663-4577.

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