When you do not floss, you miss cleaning over 40% of tooth surfaces!
According to the US CDC NHANES national survey, only ~30% of people floss daily, ~30% of people floss at least once a week, and ~30% of people never floss!
Why should we floss?
Flossing helps to remove food particles and plaque between the teeth and along the gum line where your toothbrush can’t quite reach. It also helps with removal of bad breath-causing bacteria, prevents teeth discoloration, reduces the risk of cavities, and helps prevent periodontitis.
How often should we floss?
Ideally after each meal but at least once per day, preferably before bedtime.
Bleeding when flossing
Your gums may bleed from time to time. And most times it’s not serious. Most patients will stop flossing an area that bleeds when flossed. If your gums bleed when flossing, properly brush and floss the area more often. But if your gums bleed regularly or more than a few days, schedule an appointment with your dentist to have it checked.
Types of dental floss
There are numerous types of interdental tools including, dental floss, floss pick, interdental brush, and water pick. Because every person’s dental conditions are different, not every tool is suitable for everyone. Take the example of dental floss, there are different types flosses with some containing fluoride and some not, and some made of nylon and others made of other materials. If you have any concerns or questions,please consult your dentist about the most suitable interdental cleaning option for you.
Remember, the more proactive and dedicated you are to prevention, the less issues you will have to address when it comes time for scheduled cleanings.
Source: World Health Organization, TWMOHW, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Taipei Dental Association, American Dental Association
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