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Why do you floss your teeth daily?

June 18th,2018

“If a patient cannot clean his teeth, no dentist can clean them for him”
                                                                                                    – Martin H.Fischer

Did you hear this popular quote? It is absolutely true. Cleaning the plaque that deposited on the gum lines and stuck deeper at the end of a tooth is not an enjoyable experience. But most people visit a dentist for teeth cleaning.

Even though they brush their teeth twice a day, what is the need for dental cleaning? Why are they affected by Gum diseases?

Do you know why? It is all because of the minute particles that settled between the teeth. Germs and oral bacteria take advantage of these to infect your dental health.

Toothbrush alone will not be helpful to clean your teeth. You need to floss regularly to maintain your teeth healthier.

How does flossing benefit your oral health?

The bristles of a toothbrush are not sufficient to clean your teeth. You can efficiently clean the teeth surfaces but it is quite difficult to remove the food debris in between the teeth with a toothbrush.

We hope that you may have an experience of struggling to extract particles like guava seed that stuck between your teeth. You may have used interdental cleaning instruments like wooden pick to remove that. Am I right?

It is an evident your teeth cleaning activities need a support for deep cleaning. Dental floss helps you to accomplish that. It helps you to prevent certain dental issues like Gum diseases, Halitosis (Bad breath).

Gum Diseases – Plaque deposition at the end of teeth and on the surface of gum lines gets stronger and become tartar. Bacteria in the plaque begins to infect and irritate gum tissues which eventually results in gum bleeding and swollen gums.

Bad breath – The food debris deposited between the teeth partnered with oral bacteria to produce a thin biofilm. It produces a nasty, fouling smell when you open your mouth.

Decayed tooth – Plaque in between the teeth spaces are powerful to erode the outer enamel and bacteria penetrate the tooth to infect which leads to tooth decay.

If you frequently remove the plaque and other deposition between the teeth spaces, you can eliminate the primary source for the dental complications and prevent those.

Tips to floss your teeth

It is important to get at least 18″ dental floss. Some people prefer thread for flossing. Dental hygienists advice not to use threads for flossing because of its drawbacks as follows:

  • Thread absorb saliva and bacteria present in the teeth spaces. When you use the same thread to floss the adjacent teeth, the oral bacteria will get into the next teeth.
  • Threads produce a rough texture that will injure your gums.
  • It does not slide easily between the teeth surfaces.

In contrast, dental floss is made up of synthetic compounds like Nylon or Teflon. Hence it does not absorb saliva and efficient to slide between your teeth.

Use your middles fingers of both hands to wrap the two ends of the floss. Now place it in between the teeth spaces. Then move the floss back and forth gently.

Similar to brushing, your flossing actions should also be smooth. If you move the floss too harshly, then you will damage your gum. It is better to floss your teeth in the morning before brushing.

Germs in your mouth take advantage of various smaller particles like debris which stuck in the interdental areas like teeth spaces. If you do not remove them at times, they will put the health of your teeth at higher risks.

If you really take care of your oral health, then incorporate flossing along with brushing to your oral hygiene routine.

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