Flossing Facts: And Why You Should Floss

By February 8, 2018 February 19th, 2019 Dental Tips, DIY, Dr. Dane Dudley

Flossing Facts: And Why You Should Floss

Flossing has been a much debated topic of recent and we’re here to give you the inside scoop! Yes, we’ve read those articles trying to debunk the benefits of flossing and they are simply outrageous. So take a couple minutes and give this a quick read.

What does floss do?

Floss is intended to remove the trapped particles of food between your teeth as well as the bacterial film that can turn into harmful things like cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, and more..

In America today, flossing is not a priority and often overlooked- but, over a third of each tooth goes uncleaned by a simple brushing. This tool is perfectly designed for between your teeth and gums. With that said, here are some floss statistics in that will hopefully get you flossing..

Flossing Helps Prevent:

  • Gingivitis
  • Tooth Decay
  • Plaque Build up
  • Gum Disease
  • Tooth Loss
31
of americans do not floss everyday
35
of tooth surface you miss brushing
18.5
of americans do not floss at all

After those staggering statistics, we must make a more conscious effort to floss. The ADA suggests that flossing before you brush also helps make brushing more effective: With less plaque caught between your teeth, the fluoride in toothpaste can get to more parts of your mouth. Think of floss and a toothbrush as a detail paintbrush and paint roller, respectively. You could paint your living room walls with just one of the tools, but using them together will provide a much more satisfactory result [source: A.D.A.].

In closing, let’s get to flossing! The numbers of health disorders due to poor oral hygiene continues to rise. So be on the forefront and stay up on your oral hygiene. The end result is a beautiful and healthy smile.

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