A Football’s Player’s Flossing Underlines the Reason’s for Standard Dental Preventive Measures, notes Dr. Farzad Feiz

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Commenting on a recent article regarding a viral image of NFL MVP Cam Newton flossing, a Los Angeles area dentist notes that there are many reasons for standard dental hygiene practices.

Cam Newton, like a lot of smart people, understands it's good to floss!

The entire [Cam Newton flossing affair] emphasizes the real reasons most of us take the time to perform standard dental hygiene.

A September 27 article in Dentistry IQ notes how a viral image of NFL quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers flossing while sitting on the sidelines seemed to singlehandedly redeem the image of flossing, following a widely publicized Associated Press (AP) article questioning the need for the practice. Dr. Farzad Feiz, Los Angeles-based lead dentist of Calabasas Dental Group and California Dental Care, notes that the entire affair emphasizes the real reasons most of us take the time to perform standard dental hygiene. Dr. Feiz adds that there are several reasons for this, including:

It Feels Good, Now! – While warnings from dentists often focus on the long-term consequences of failing to perform regular dental hygiene, Dr. Feiz and Calabasas Dental Group and California Dental Care notes that it actually feels good in the short term to have clean teeth. Notably, when asked why he was flossing during the game, Mr. Newton’s response was the he had had been eating oranges during the half time break, and the orange pulp had gotten stuck in his teeth. The family dental practice notes that Mr. Newton’s remark underlines the fact that failing to floss not only – the AP’s quibbles notwithstanding – puts our teeth and gums at risk, it can feel uncomfortable. Similarly, many of us enjoy the feeling of freshly brushed teeth, the dental clinic adds.

Nobody Wants Bad Breath! – Long-term halitosis (bad breath) is commonly associated with such dental conditions as gingivitis, but Calabasas Dental Group and California Dental Care suggests that nobody who has failed to brush that day ever has good breath. Moreover, rotting food stuck between teeth doesn’t exactly sweeten the breath either, so flossing has some definite short term benefits in terms of breath as well, the dental clinic notes.

And, Yes, It’s Important to Have Healthy Teeth and Gums! – The AP article may have pointed out gaps in the science regarding the benefits of flossing, but Calabasas Dental Group and California Dental Care note that dental authorities agree that there are plenty of reasons to believe that cleaning the teeth by flossing as well as brushing helps to prevent a number of dental issues. Oral health problem can significantly increase the risk of serious health threats, including heart disease, so maintaining a regimen of daily brushing and flossing supported by regular dental visits is a must for anyone who wants to live the happiest, healthiest life they can, the dental clinic concludes.

Interested readers can learn more about Calabasas Dental Group and California Dental Care by calling the group’s West LA office at (310) 955-4008 or the West San Fernando Valley/Calabasas location at (818) 660-0731. Readers can also visit them online at http://www.FeizDental.com.

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