Did you know that there is a good dental habit that can add over six years to your life expectancy while making your smile brighter and more magnetic? It literally takes 47 seconds to floss your teeth; it’s a small time investment with a huge return. And if you do something 21 days in a row, it becomes a good habit. It’s that simple.
Like everything else in life today, there are a plethora of floss options, making it easy to find the one that’s right for you. There’s waxed, unwaxed, mint and cinnamon flavored floss. You can pick a favorite based on a particular brand like Listerine or Oral-B. They have Vegan Xylitol Mint Floss Sachets, Radius Natural Mint Floss with Xylitol, and Listerine Gentle Gum Care Interdental Floss in Mint, Johnson and Johnson Reach Soft Woven Mint Floss with Cinnamon. The floss options are many.
Floss First, Then Brush
Flossing first dislodges the food particles stuck between your teeth. It also displaces the plaque accumulation so that when you do your brushing you rinse away the bacteria which cause gum disease and halitosis (bad breath).
How to Floss
When using floss do not snap or force the floss as this may cut or bruise delicate gum tissue. Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth. To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss up and away from the teeth. For more detailed info check out Flossing Techniques – Flossing Teeth Effectively – Colgate
Why You Should Floss
Flossing is an important oral hygiene practice. Tooth decay and gum disease can develop when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth and along the gum line. … Cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach.
More Reasons Why You Should Floss
Flossing does about 40% of the work required to remove sticky bacteria, or plaque, from your teeth. Plaque generates acid, which can cause cavities, irritate the gums, and lead to gum disease. “Each tooth has five surfaces. If you don’t floss, you are leaving at least two of the surfaces unclean,” as Dr. Wheeler from WebMD explains.
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