We have been told from day one to brush our teeth, floss, and to use mouthwash. But according to a 2013 survey by the American Dental Association, 18.5 percent of Americans do not floss and 31 percent floss less than daily. If you are among these Americans that do not floss regularly, it could mean trouble. So why should you floss daily? Well, let’s check out some of the benefits of flossing as well as some types of floss available.
What Exactly is Flossing?
Dental floss is a toll to help you remove food and bacteria that builds up in between your teeth. Cleaning between your teeth can help prevent gum infections, gum disease, and cavities caused by bacteria. Dental floss is commonly made out of plastic of nylon and is thin enough to remove food and bacteria. To floss, simply cut a piece that is about 18 inches long. Wrap the thread around your index fingers on each hand and simply slide the thread between your teeth. Gently move the thread in a zigzag motion to help clear away the food and debris. As you use the floss, unwrap the extra from your fingers and move to a clean piece of floss for every tooth.
Benefits of Dental Floss
While brushing your teeth helps to clear the surfaces of your teeth, it doesn’t help to clean the sides. Bacteria and food particles can become stuck between your teeth, cause tooth decay. Flossing can help control the plaque, that is a soft and sticky film that builds up on your teeth and contains millions of bacteria, that builds up on your teeth. Not only does plaque cause cavities, it can also cause severe decay and gum disease if left on your pearly-whites. Think of everything you have eaten since the last time you flossed. These food particles not only feed the bacteria in your mouth, but they can also decompose, causing bad breath. Flossing helps to clear away many bad things in your mouth and helps to keep your body and mouth healthy.
Flossing is a vital part of keeping your mouth and body healthy. So when was the last time you flossed? If you can’t remember, grab the nearest box of dental floss and start flossing!
Catonsville Dental Care
Regularly seeing your Catonsville Dental Care dentist will help to determine if your child’s dental routines need modifications. For more information on pediatric dental care as well as other preventative dental care services, call Catonsville Dental Care today! Call today at 410-747-1115, or submit any questions by visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com