Flossing our teeth twice a day is advised to us by our dentist and other dental professionals, but what’s so special about it? You’re about to learn some amazing facts about flossing!
- It’s believed that if one flosses before they brush their teeth, the fluoride from the toothpaste they’re using has a better chance of working successfully.
- Dental floss was invented in 1819 by Levi Spear Parmly, a dentist in New Orleans, who recommended flossing with a silk thread to remove debris from between the teeth. However, it was not until 1882 that dental floss was commercially sold.
- Just like they do at your biannual dental cleanings, it’s advised that one should use different segments of their floss between each set of teeth. This reduces the chances of re-transferring oral bacteria into other parts of the mouth.
- Per session of flossing, using an 18 to 20″ long piece of flossing is said to be the ideal length for flossing. Most people don’t use anywhere near that amount.
- While most people often for peppermint or bubblegum flavored dental floss, there’s also an option out there for bacon-flavor floss.
- Two main types of dental floss exist: Monofilament (plastic or rubber) and multifilament (nylon or silk). The second option is the most common of the two, however is more likely to shred and doesn’t slide in between the teeth as easy. Monofilament floss is also softer.
- Men are less likely to floss than women.
- Flossing too hard or aggressively can damage the tissues between the teeth.
- There are many other options for flossing out there besides traditional string floss. Alternative flossers include proxy brushes, waterpik flossers, electric flossers, and floss sticks (plastic handles with floss attached to it). Special floss holders also exist for those wanting to attach the floss of their choice to it. These are ideal for those who have trouble using string floss, have dentures, or have orthodontic devices such as braces.
- The average flosser uses approximately 122 yards of floss a year. That’s a lot of floss!
- Not surprisingly, less than half of Americans participate in flossing their teeth.
- Flossing your teeth accounts for approximately 70% of your oral hygiene. Only brushing your teeth is basically having teeth that are only 30% cleaned. Scary!
- There are different sizes of floss out there. Those who have had certain oral procedures done, have specific oral devices, or who have larger or smaller gaps between the teeth will be especially grateful for this. “Dental tape” is the term typically used for wider dental floss. However, the terms “dental floss” and “dental tape” are often used interchangeably.
- Around 70% of Americans despise flossing their teeth and would rather go grocery shopping than partaking in the simple and quick dental hygiene method.
For these reasons, it’s important to keep your pearly whites flossed! Flossing your teeth means a lessened chance of developing cavities and other oral related problems in the mouth, stronger and healthier gums, and even better breath.
Dentists recommend flossing a minimum of once a day. However, twice-a-day flossing is even better. Flossing before bed or between meals is typically ideal.