Along with brushing your teeth, you should also be flossing on a daily basis. Flossing to remove plaque and debris in areas that your toothbrush cannot reach. A buildup of plaque can lead to gum disease or tooth decay, so flossing is very important. If you floss immediately after brushing, you’ll notice that your gums and teeth will be much healthier.
If you look at the floss, you’ll notice that there are two types – nylon filament and unique. You can get nylon either waxed or unwaxed and in various flavors. Nylon thread is composed of several strands of nylon material, meaning that it can shred, tear, or become wedged between the teeth. Although the single filament floss is more expensive than nylon, it will slide easily between teeth, even tight areas and spaces. Unlike nylon, single filament is impossible to shred or tear.
No matter what kind of floss you choose, provided you floss regularly, you can eliminate debris from teeth and gums. If you’ve never tried flossing before, you will probably be surprised how much debris and food particles can be eliminated. Dentists all over the world agree about the importance of flossing because it can reach places that even the smallest of toothbrushes cannot. After eating, food and debris occurs between the teeth, which makes it very important to use dental floss.
The main problem that many people have against flossing is the fact that it can lead to bleeding gums. Each time you floss and get between teeth and around the gums, the thread is rubbed against the gums, resulting in bleeding. Many people take this occurrence wrong, and immediately stop flossing, usually for good. Bleeding is very common, and should be expected when flossing.
When you brush your teeth, you miss a lot of food particles and debris that continue to accumulate in your mouth. No toothbrush is designed for all areas of the mouth, as they all miss hard to reach places. With the areas missed by the toothbrush, the debris and plaque continue to develop until they eventually result in cavities. To eliminate this debris and plaque between the teeth before it builds up into something more serious, you need to floss.
If you’ve been afraid to try flossing due to your gums bleeding, get over the fear of flossing and routinely floss after brushing. To keep your teeth and gums healthy, you need to brush your teeth and floss on a daily basis. Regular checkups with your dentist will assist you and you should continue your regular maintenance at home with brushing and flossing.
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