Whenever you look for tips to follow to keep teeth healthy, you will always see regular brushing on the top because that is a necessary step. But do you know that if you don’t floss, then brushing results can’t be enhanced? Yes, you read it right; when you brush, you’re removing many harmful bacterias and food particles from your mouth. Unfortunately, not all the particles are removed through brushing, so what can you do in that case? Well, you should do Flossing also in order to remove all the particles that were missed while brushing.
You must be wondering, why are we giving so much priority to Flossing? What are the benefits of Flossing? And what’s the procedure or the frequency? Don’t worry; we will solve all your doubts in this article.
So let us first start with:
What is Flossing?
Flossing may be defined as a healthy oral hygiene habit that is done with the help of a floss/thread, which is used to remove stuck particles in between your teeth.
But what’s the need for Flossing? Can’t we just keep our mouths healthy by brushing twice a day?
Well, you can give it a try, but results won’t be efficient because your toothbrush can’t clean the area in between your teeth, which a floss can.
Types of Flossing?
Usually, Flossing could be done with the help of a thread only (make sure the thread is not weak and should not have multiple layers, the stronger, the better). This method is a traditional procedure and is used by almost everyone, but if you don’t want to go with the standard procedure, you can go with the following:
- Dental Tape. In this dental floss, you will use a broader ribbon in case you’re wearing braces or have gaps in between your teeth.
- Standard Floss. It is a traditional flossing procedure in which you use a thin nylon strand that you can use if you have normal teeth (no gaps). There are several flavors of floss available if you want to do standard flossing.
- Super Flosses. If you wear braces or have bridges and gaps, then these flossing techniques should be considered. This is helpful to remove plaque underneath your tooth.
So you’re now aware of what Flossing is and with its types, let us move further and know about the benefits of Flossing.
1. Helps to remove plaque:
When you do not brush and floss, or say if you just brush and not floss, then the food particle will be there in between your teeth. Later these foods are the intakes of the bacterias available in your mouth. When the bacteria get these intakes, they will double and will increase in number, and in the end, they will form plaque and tartar, a thick layer of food material and bacterias. So when you do not remove plaque or tartar, you will soon damage your teeth. That is why it is recommended that you should floss so that any particle stuck could be removed.
2. Helps to eliminate cavities:
Do you often notice that your mouth gets cavities too quickly? If so, then you need to consider Flossing because when you floss, you will remove all the bacterias involved in forming the tooth decay. For instance, the stuck food particles will form the plaque, and then this will release acid; in other words, the bacterias will release the acid that will slowly start eating your tooth. And as a result, you will see a decayed tooth. So it is always better to floss rather than having decayed teeth.
3. Prevents from Gum disease:
The most common issue people are facing these days is Gum disease, which, if not treated on time, can lead to severe health complications. But do you know when you do regular brushing and Flossing, you can eliminate the chances of Gum disease? Yes, you read it right. Usually, gum disease is caused due to the bacterias available in your mouth; when they multiply in numbers, they get hard and lead to bleeding; due to the exposed area, people could have Gum disease.
4. Helpful in reducing bad breath:
Do you also have bad breath? If so, then the primary reason behind this is that your mouth is not properly cleaned. We know that our mouth generates saliva that is needed to remove any bad breath from our mouth, but when the number of bacteria is more than the generation of saliva, then the mouth starts releasing the bad breath. The bacterias multiply and stop the production of saliva, resulting in bad odor development.
5. Reduces the risk of heart-related issues:
If your mouth is unhealthy, your body will be unhealthy too. Why? Because when your mouth is unhealthy, the bacterias are there, so when you eat anything and it goes to your stomach so any bacteria available in your mouth will be released to your mouth and may cause many infections. So it is highly recommended that you should always keep your mouth clean, and for that, regular brushing along with Flossing is mandatory.
These were the top 5 benefits of flossing your teeth. Whenever you go to any dentist, they will always advise you to do Flossing regularly because, with Flossing and brushing, you can avoid a lot of dental issues.
See, it all depends upon the food you consume; usually, it is recommended that you floss at least once a day, though flossing twice is a good step to follow. But if you don’t have time, then you should floss after your dinner, because after dinner you go to sleep and if there are particles stuck in between your teeth will not be removed so may generate more bacteria. There are still many other flossing teeth benefits, but I hope these are quite sufficient for you to understand the importance of doing regular Flossing. Along with Flossing, you should also use mouthwash to get more efficient results.