Do you floss everyday? You should do it at least once a day, we will explain why.
Just brushing itself does not completely clean teeth or at least remove all harmful bacteria. Remember that your teeth aren't flat, they are round and with a regular toothbrush your are missing almost two-thirds of the teeth. Brushing seems to clean above and front of your teeth but it is not effective for in between, especially for people who have tight teeth. Missing the sides is an easy way for a potential infection.
For whatever reason flossing is a neglected task for so many people. For people that will suffer from bleeding gums or bad infections, the simple task of flossing your teeth after bushing and before going to sleep can avoid all those potential oral care problems. It is just a matter of practice and consistency, establish your daily routine, make it easy and comfortable for you and stick to it.
As we said before, this can be an uncomfortable and tedious task for many people who are not used to it. Here are some tips to pick the right floss for you:
- Do not pick your floss based on price alone, some floss are too thick and hard, they can be very unpleasant to use so you won't do it. Invest time and money finding the good one for your teeth and stay with that brand.
- We recommend a flat floss that is thin and easy and that glides between teeth.
- Pick one hard enough, that is not going to shred immediately. This also a personal choice because some people floss in a harder way than others, the same way that some people brush their teeth so hard and others do it in a softer way.
- Pick an organic option instead of plastic, the earth will thank you.
At Eva Brooklyn we have an organic bamboo floss that contains peppermint oil. Because of the oil, it slides easily between your teeth. More info in here
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), interdental cleaners such as floss are an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. Cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. Interdental cleaning is proven to help remove debris between teeth that can contribute to plaque buildup.
Keep in mind that there are more than 500 different species of bacteria in plaque, not all are bad, some are good, but the bad ones cannot be removed just with the toothbrush.
If you do not floss the plaque buildup around the teeth and on the gum line, the plaque will contribute to disease in teeth and gums.
The best daily routine is to brush you teeth for 2 minutes twice a day and once a day flossing. And at least once a year go to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Flossing is essential in your oral care routine because tooth decay and gum disease will develop when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth and along the gum line.
Remember to floss once a day!