Facts About Flossing

While many people brush twice a day, and may even use mouthwash, as part of their dental care at home, they often ignore flossing. However, flossing is equally important and skipping it regularly can make your dental hygiene poor — leading to oral health problems.

People find it hard to floss because it takes a bit more effort than brushing or swishing a mouthwash. On the other hand, there are several benefits of flossing due to experts around the world recommending it to their patients.

Here are a few facts that may convince you to make it a regular part of your dental care at home:

  • The purpose of flossing is to reach those areas of the mouth a brush will miss. This means you will be able to remove more plaque and debris from your mouth — reducing your risk of dental problems like cavities and gum disease. It is said that only brushing cleans 70% of the surface of your teeth. If you add flossing to your dental care, you can exceed this percentage significantly
  • If you floss with an irregular routine, then experiencing bleeding gums is a common problem. Do not stop flossing due to this issue. Once you start doing it regularly, the bleeding will eventually stop happening
  • When you use a dental floss thread, you need 18 to 20 inches of it. This allows you to easily grasp the thread in your hands as well as use a new section for each tooth
  • You can buy a variety of floss threads in the market. For example, you have a monofilament floss, which is made of plastics and rubber, and then there is multifilament floss, which is made from nylon and silk. Similarly, you can also find flavours in floss. While the most common flavour is mint, you can also buy it in bubble gum and cinnamon, and in some places, flavours like wasabi are also available
  • Some floss threads are waxed. These are easier to use because they slide down without trouble between teeth. Waxed floss threads are especially ideal for people who have teeth too close together. If you have more spaced teeth, then an unwaxed floss will work fine for removing the debris
  • If you find using a floss thread difficult, you can find tools like a dental floss pick to make the task easier. Furthermore, people wearing orthodontic devices can also find such flossing tools that make it easier and more effective to floss. You should definitely floss even if you wear braces or similar devices. You can ask your dentist to recommend what modern flossing tools to use
  • If you do not know how often should you floss, then dental experts recommend brushing twice a day and flossing once a day daily. Additionally, you should floss before flossing. It can loosen the debris, which can then be removed by brushing with fluoride toothpaste

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