The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday, but did you know it’s also National Flossing day? This is perfect timing for getting that pecan pie and turkey unstuck from your teeth!
Daily flossing, along with brushing is the best preventative measure against gum disease and tooth decay. Unfortunately, flossing is not very popular. And recently, there was a press release that falsely told people that there is no benefit to flossing. This is WRONG! There can be nothing good coming from having old rotting food stuck between your teeth. According to a recent study, about 27% of American Adults lie to their dentist or hygienist about how frequently they floss. In addition, 38% would prefer to wash dirty dishes or clean the toilet! So, don’t be one of those people!
You Need to Get Started Flossing.
First, find a floss that you like. There are many types of floss – find either a waxed one that won’t leave shredded pieces behind. Or, if you have spaces, an un waxed floss may work better for you. There are flavored flosses that leave a fresh taste in your mouth when you are done too! Either waxed or un waxed work well for different people.
Second, if regular floss does not work well for you. Try a floss handle or little floss picks.
Thirdly, Floss daily. Floss every day for 21 days to make it a habit. By the end of the three weeks, your mouth should feel the difference! Also, You will notice fresher breath and less bleeding. You will see pinker and healthier gums!
With all the benefits of flossing, it doesn’t deserve to get the bad rap it does.
Here are the top three reasons to floss:
- Fighting Bad Breath. Often, bad breath is caused by decaying food particles stuck between the teeth. These eventually release foul-smelling sulfurous compounds. By simply flossing once a day, you can remove trapped food and bacteria. This significantly reduces your chances of having bad breath.
- Fighting Cavities. Food trapped between your teeth can mix with bacteria and acids to form plaque. The plaque then starts to eat away at your tooth enamel, creating a cavity. You do not want this to happen.
- Fighting Gum Disease. Not flossing can lead to plaque building up along the gum line. This causes inflammation ( known as Gingivitis). This not treated, gingivitis can progress into bone loss. Bone loss results in tooth loss if it gets advanced. This does not hurt until it is too late!
In conclusion, take care of your mouth by celebrating National Flossing Day with some of your favorite floss!