Flossing is just one of many oral hygienic methods we should all follow.
Flossing twice, or at least once, a day is important for strong and healthy gums, and in turn, healthy teeth and good oral health.
However, why should we do it, and what does flossing do for us?
Flossing is best done after brushing the teeth to rid of the food particles and such that the toothbrush missed.
While toothbrushing itself is absolutely vital, we must admit that it cannot reach in between our teeth like floss can.
For this reason, it’s imperative that we make use of both dental devices, toothbrushes and floss, to clean our pearly backs back to new and rid of the things our toothbrushes can’t.
Many say an oral hygiene routine with just brushing and no flossing is nearly a waste. The two are needed together to create a truly clean and healthy mouth. If you ever brushed your teeth thoroughly and still had that leftover, pesky popcorn kernel stuck in between two of your teeth, then that right there is proof that your toothbrush needs help. That help comes from our friend, floss.
Another reason why flossing our pearly whites is so important is the fact that we often ignore our dentists’ and hygienists’ advice about brushing the gums to make them stronger and less susceptible to bleeding. However, flossing is another way to make our gums stronger and less likely to develop gum disease in the future.
If you want fresher breath, you’ll really want to start flossing now. Many find that once they start flossing their teeth, especially those that floss after brushing and/or rinsing with mouthwash, that the particles their floss pick up from between their teeth has a foul smell, even after a thorough cleaning! These tiny particles may be hidden, but they definitely have the capability of giving us bad breath. Again, these are often particles our toothbrushes can’t even reach.
Leaving these particles to sit and rot in the mouth can increase your risk of developing cavities and a production of ugly, hardened plaque known as tartar that can only be removed by a dental professional. Plaque and tartar themselves can also cause bad breath – Yuck!
There’s really a lot floss can do, and it’s quite affordable too. Flossing only takes a few minutes, and those few minutes can create a much healthier environment for your teeth for a long time. Never underestimate the power of floss!
Is it too late for me to begin flossing?
It’s never too late to start flossing! Well, if you’ve lost all your teeth from gum disease, then I suppose it’s too late (I’m only joking). In other words, a little flossing can’t hurt. However, it’s always best to start getting into the habit of flossing as early on as possible and to ensure your kids or future kids follow on the same path.