Reasons Why Dental Flossing Is an Important Habit to Start

When children are taught the importance of brushing their teeth every day, they are only being taught what their parents learned when they were their age. Too many children do not learn the importance of using dental flossing in addition to brushing, especially if their parents never learned. It is just so easy to do; it is a mystery as to why more children and their parents do not add it to their daily regimen of dental hygiene.

What Dental Flossing Can Do For Your Health

It is a well-known fact that brushing teeth can keep bacteria away and will improve your breath and the appearance of your smile. Unfortunately, even the top of the line toothbrush cannot reach everywhere and food particles can still be caught between teeth and in the gum line. Over time, if those food particles are not removed, they can attract bacteria, the one thing that will eventually destroy your teeth. Bacteria cause the enamel of your teeth to break down and if they are in the gum line, can lead to gum disease.

By using dental floss every day, you can remove food particles far easier than you can with just a toothbrush, or even with mouthwash. In addition, with all the new varieties of floss available on the market today, you can do even more than just clean between teeth, you can even use it to whiten your teeth and sweeten your breath when you cannot have access to mouthwash, or a toothbrush.

Easy To Use

No matter what kind of floss you choose to use, learning how to floss is so easy to understand. The American Dental Association recommends using at least 18 inches of floss in every flossing session, because that length should give you enough clean floss to run between every tooth that you can reach. To begin, wrap the ends of the floss around a finger on each hand. You then run a portion of the floss between and around every tooth you can reach, using a clean section in every move. You should see bits of food particles being loosened, or adhering to the floss.

Everyone has his or her own preference as to how to floss, as well as when to floss. Flossing is great to do after lunch or other meals when you know that you will not be able to brush your teeth right away. Some people prefer to floss before brushing, to loosen the food particles so that the toothbrush can sweep them away. Still others will floss after brushing, so that any food particles the brush may have missed will be taken care of.

Types of Floss

There is currently a wide variety of dental flossing materials available on the marketplace. From waxed to plain, the basic dental floss can be flavored, or even used to whiten your teeth in much the same way as strips and mouthwash can. For those who prefer to use an electric toothbrush there is even an electric flossing counterpart for those who are not comfortable flossing with their hands, if that is your preference.

How Often Should I Undertake Dental Flossing?

You are likely to find yourself drawn to undertaking regular dental flossing the very first moment you learn about it. If you are coming from the parts of the world, where dental flossing is a regular oral hygiene practice then you will, of course, find it being a part of your second nature, it being something you will have been taught about since your childhood. Under these circumstances, you will most probably know what the benefits of the process are. But if you are coming from the parts of the world where dental flossing is not a part of the oral hygiene regime, you will definitely find yourself greatly drawn to it when you first come to learn about it and its benefits. The benefits we are looking at, things like protection from dental cavities, prevention of halitosis, and protection from some forms of gum diseases are likely to be things that you will greatly appreciate.

It is from such a background, then, that you are likely to find yourself wanting to learn how to go about dental flossing. And having learnt how to go about it, you will find yourself interested in knowing how often you should undertake it, which is our focus here.

Now there is almost full concurrence, among dentists all over the world, that dental-flossing is something you should do at least once every day. Ideally, like teeth-brushing, dental-flossing is something you would need to do after every meal. This will at first probably feel counter-intuitive, because chances are that on first hearing about dental-flossing, you will be drawn to imagine that it is one of those things that you only need to undertake once in a while. As you can see though, that isn’t the case. Dental flossing is something you should make part of your daily routine – much like that morning shower you always make a point of taking.

The need for you to undertake dental-flossing so often becomes clear to you once you come to learn what the process is all about, and why exactly it is carried out. As it turns out, the main idea behind the undertaking of regular dental flossing is to remove the plaque and food particles that the normal tooth-brushing process can’t remove.

It is something you will have noticed, if you are careful observer of mechanical phenomena, that there are some areas of your mouth (and precisely in the ‘teeth portion’ of it) that never get cleaned during the ordinary teeth-brushing process, as carried out using a toothbrush and toothpaste. The areas in question are, of course, the spaces between your various teeth. That space between a tooth and its adjacent ‘neighbor:’ who cleans that? Ordinary toothbrush bristles are too thick to go through there, and in any case, they still wouldn’t adequately clean that very thin space. We need something more here and this is what dental flossing is all about. The dental floss is a very thin thread-like material that can not only be conveniently pushed into those inter-teeth spaces, but also moved up and down to have a cleaning effect.

From all this, it becomes clear that dental flossing plays an important supplementary role to tooth-brushing. It also becomes clear that if all you are doing is brushing teeth, and never flossing the teeth, then obviously, you are not practicing proper oral hygiene. Seen from this perspective then, the need to undertake dental flossing on a daily basis becomes very clear.

Dental Flossing – Why You Need to Make it a Matter of Routine

When most of us were being introduced to the idea and practice of oral hygiene, we were told that regular and proper brushing of teeth is all we would need, to maintain optimum oral hygiene. It therefore came as a great surprise when some few decades ago, dentists told us that such regular and proper brushing of teeth is simply one of the things we needed to do to maintain oral hygiene, and that it was by no means adequate by itself. They were to go on and tell us that we need to undertake dental flossing – not occasionally when we felt like it – but rather frequently, as part of our regular dental hygiene routine. For many of us to whom the idea of dental flossing was introduced late in life, we tend to find it being something that we struggle with. But for a number of reasons, which we will now proceed to explore, dental flossing turns out to be something we actually need to make a matter of routine.

The first reason as to why we need to make dental-flossing a matter of routine is because it can save us from the often painful gum diseases. It often comes as great surprise to people who maintain very decent teeth brushing routines to be told that they are infected with gum diseases. In most of these cases, the bacteria causing the gum disease will tend to be those that remain the mouth even after the most thorough brushing of teeth; the sort that can only be eliminated through dental flossing.

The second reason as to why we need to make dental-flossing a matter of routine is because it can save us from halitosis. Halitosis, to the uninitiated, is the condition which is characterized by foul odor emanating from the mouth. Extreme cases of this condition have been known to drive victims into social isolation and subsequently into depression; so it is not something to be taken lightly. Again, it often comes as a great surprise when, in spite of thoroughly brushing your teeth after every meal, you still end up experiencing halitosis.

In most of these cases, it could be residual food particulates and bacteria, which can never be removed by the ordinary tooth-brushing routine that are causing you the problem. Dental flossing can save you here. Sometimes, of course, the halitosis could be due to some other problems deep within your body (the mouth is connected to the tummy, remember). But when solving a problem, it helps to start at the most obvious points. In this case, dental flossing is one of the things you should give a try, in order to see whether your halitosis problem goes away.

Regular dental flossing can save you from dental cavities. Dental cavities, as you will be aware, can be very painful of themselves, and even more painful to treat (as their treatment often involves the drilling of teeth at best, and the extraction of teeth in the worst case scenarios). Although coincidence is not causation, regular and proper dental-flossing has also been noted to have a direct relationship with a lowered chance of heart disease – meaning that you could be looking far beyond the mouth, for benefits of dental flossing.