Last updated on Dec 11th, 2018 at 08:04 am
23 November was National Flossing Day, and while many don’t place much focus on that tiny piece of string, it’s a crucial part of our oral health.
Most of us are in the routine of brushing our teeth twice a day as recommended by dentists, but fewer people follow the recommendation to floss at least once a day.
In fact, according to a report by the American Dental Association (ADA), only 16% of survey respondents said that they floss at least once a day, while 22% said they only floss when they need to or when something is stuck in their teeth.
8% said they simply never floss – with the biggest reason for not flossing cited as too time consuming (55%). Moreover, 44% of those surveyed admit they have exaggerated to their dentist about how much they floss when asked.
Yet the benefits of flossing cannot be denied
Flossing removes plague in between your teeth where even your toothbrush is unable to reach. 40% of your teeth surface is in between your teeth and while flossing is not meant to replace brushing, as a supportive function it certainly helps to promote healthy, clean teeth and gums which is critical to fighting plaque, bacteria and bad breath.
Often people tend to shy away from the traditional method of flossing, as it appears to be time consuming and can be potentially painful. But the best thing about technology nowadays, is that it’s here to make our lives easier.
A rechargeable flossing device is an option that can make the task a lot more bearable and one to incorporate in your daily oral routine – allowing you to make the process an easy and effortless one.
Here are some points to consider when it comes to flossing:
- Flossing helps prevent gum disease such as gingivitis which, when left untreated, can spread below the gum line and cause severe gum disease characterised by severe inflammation and eventual tooth and bone loss.
- Don’t be alarmed when you see a little blood when you floss: it is because your gums are inflamed because of plaque build-up that has to be cleaned. But should the blood proceed for a couple of days, you need to visit your dentist for a full consultation
- An alternative to manual flossing is Air Flossing which makes cleaning between your teeth as easy as a push of a button. Air Flossing has proven to remove up to 99% more plaque between teeth than brushing with a manual toothbrush alone. When used in addition to brushing, AirFlossing removes significantly more interproximal plaque and results in significantly greater reductions of gingivitis after two weeks and four weeks of use, compared to manual flossing alone.
- Flossing does not only prevent infections and germs in your gums, but it also plays a role in strengthening your immune system. When bacteria builds up in your mouth without any care, it can travel to other parts in your body, causing further problems.
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Having a beautiful, clean smile is a confidence booster, so make sure you take care of your teeth and make sure that you remember to include flossing in your oral routine, so you can flex your smile daily.
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