What do eating all of our veggies, cleaning behind our ears, and flossing daily have in common? They’re all behaviors we probably tell little white lies about doing more often than we truly do. While just like skipping out on one serving of broccoli won’t kill you, missing a day of flossing won’t cause your teeth to fall out of your mouth immediately. However, just as a routine of skipping vegetables will stack up negatively against your health over time, not flossing your teeth regularly can have dire oral effects as well. You should be flossing once daily to remove excess bacteria and plaque from between your teeth, lessening the chances of decay and cavities. Here are a few flossing fun facts to get you more excited about this crucial daily dental step!
1. Floss comes in a variety of flavors!
Traditional dental floss is either unflavored or mint, but other varieties include bubblegum and cinnamon. Online novelty shops also sell floss in flavors like bacon or wasabi!
2. Brushing alone only cleans 70% of your teeth.
The remaining 30% is why flossing is so important! Flossing helps reach the tight spots between your teeth that brushing cannot hit. If you think about it, skipping out on flossing would be like only washing six of your fingers after using the bathroom.
3. Braces aren’t an excuse to skip flossing.
There are special devices made to help people with traditional metal braces clean between their teeth, and a special threading maneuver can also help get floss behind brackets and between teeth.
4. Floss can be waxed or unwaxed.
Depending on how tightly your teeth fit together, the type of floss you need will vary. Teeth that are very close together will be more easily flossed with waxed floss, as the wax helps the string slide gently between tight spaces. For more spaced teeth, unwaxed floss will do a great job clearing out debris.
5. Flossing helps fight cavities and bad breath.
Because flossing removes plaque and food debris, it is helping you to both keep your teeth and gums healthy as well as your breath fresh! The acid in plaque bores into teeth, causing them to decay, but flossing helps eradicate this issue. Additionally, food particles that linger in your mouth impact how your breath smells, both from the scent of the food itself and the smell it makes while it breaks down. Flossing helps to clear out these unpleasant odors.
6. When it comes to floss, more is often more.
It’s best to use 18 to 20 inches of string each time you floss! This will give you enough floss the wrap securely around your fingers as well as ample floss to move between your teeth.
It’s never too late to start flossing regularly! If you have questions about how to floss properly or help ensure you make the habit stick, talk to your dentist for more insight and advice.
To schedule your next appointment, give us a call at TruBlu Dentistry in Burbank, Chicago, and Hegewisch today!