Flossing: you know you should…so do it!

We all know it. It’s no secret. We’ve been told since we were young. Let’s be forthwith, it something we prefer not to do and often fails to be part of our daily oral health routine.

Let’s revisit the importance of flossing and get some tips on maintaining the routine.

Is it reeeeally that important?

Yes, as it’s the ONLY way to clean way down to the very foundation of your teeth, below the gumline.

Brushing only reaches a fraction of your mouth, so doesn’t result in a full mouth clean. Flossing is the only way to clean to where your teeth connect to the bone and gums. The bone holds your teeth and keeps them strong, enabling you to bite, talk and smile.

What the downside?

dental issues

Flossing goes an enormous way to saving your oral health.

Flossing removes food from between your teeth and below your gumline. This food leads to bacterial build-up, plaque, cavities, the loss of gum, and bad breath.

Gum disease leads to serious health effects, starting with swollen, tender and bleeding gums, then receding gums, bone loss, loose teeth, and the loss of teeth.

Flossing prevents the associated corrective actions, such as deep cleaning, surgery, fillings, root canals, and tooth replacement, and their respective pain and cost.

It’s far simpler, healthier, and cheaper to floss.

How often should it be done? 

The more the merrier. Three times a day is optimal – morning, lunch and before bed so the sugars and plaque don’t get a chance to brew. If you only do it once a day, before bed is best.

How to floss

Treat your gums with care but make sure you get below the gum line to clear out the food remnants. There are multiple tools to use for flossing. Choose the one that is easiest for your and best fits your routine.

Options includes, picks, string floss, to water flosses. Picks and string is cheap and easy to use during the day. Water picks are great for dental implants, dentures, bridges, or other dental fixtures, are more expensive and generally not easily portable.

How to make sure it’s part of your daily routine

Not flossing results in long term issues and does not have the immediate visual improvement brushing does but it essential to maintain it as part of your daily oral health routine. Here are some tips to make it your habit:

  1. Set a reminder on your phone, calendar, or have an old school sticky note on your bathroom mirror. By forcing an action for a month it usually makes it a habit.
  2. Have the floss next to your tooth brush so you can’t miss it.
  3. Have some floss on hand in convenient locations such as your bag, and at work.
  4. Encourage your partner to join you in the habit.

 

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