We all know that flossing is important, yet only 49 percent of Americans floss daily, and 10 percent don’t even floss at all! We as dentists find this unfortunate because flossing is even more important than brushing (and takes less time!) when it comes to preventing tooth loss, cavities, and periodontal gum disease.
Diving Right In!
So let’s get right down to it! Here are twelve significant facts that make flossing essential!
- Flossing removes plaque between our teeth that our toothbrushes miss. This is something we all know, but did you know that when you don’t floss, food that sits between your teeth is actually rotting and can be a main cause for bad breath? Gross!
- It has been thought that flossing before brushing can help the fluoride from our toothpaste better reach between our teeth.
- In order to floss efficiently, you need to use a piece of floss that is eighteen to twenty inches long.
- Improper and irregular flossing leads to bleeding gums.
- You should use a clean section of your floss to clean around each tooth. This will avoid transferring food and bacteria from one tooth to another.
- There are two main types of floss: monofilament (plastic/rubber type) and multifilament (nylon/silk floss).
- Both types of floss mentioned above come in flavors (and unflavored) such as mint, cinnamon, bubblegum and even bacon. Yes, I said bacon-flavored floss.…
- Flossing saves you money. It plays an essential role in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. An unhealthy mouth can lead to a number of ailments and diseases, including heart disease and diabetes.
- Seventy-three percent of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss!
- Americans spend $2 billion a year on dental products—toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental floss.
- Men floss less than women do.
- Brushing your teeth without flossing is like only washing 70 percent of your body.
Teeth Are Always in Style!
Flossing takes up very little time in your day, but the impact of not flossing is greater to not only your teeth, but your overall health as well! Americans are living longer and keeping their own teeth, too. Yes, it is possible: with a good oral health routine and regular dental checkups, you can have your own teeth for as long as you live!