Everyone knows they have to brush their teeth at least twice a day. But brushing only cleans the surface of your teeth. For a healthier mouth, make flossing a part of your regular oral hygiene regiment.
Flossing gets between the teeth to remove trapped food particles that can cause bacteria and plaque build-up. Bacteria and plaque can lead to bad breath, cavities and gum disease. And gum disease, when left untreated, has been linked to serious medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
Ideally, you should floss every time you brush your teeth (at least twice a day). It is important to floss correctly and thoroughly in order to reap the benefit of this dental practice. A proper flossing technique involves getting the floss between the teeth, moving it up and down the side of both teeth and as far as you can around the gum line. It is important to take the time and care to floss properly, especially if you are doing it only once a day.
Some flosses are flavored which has the added advantage of leaving your mouth feeling clean longer. Knowing you do not have anything stuck between your teeth and that you have fresh breath boosts your confidence and may even go so far as to lift your spirits and put you in a good mood.
Make it a habit to always carry a small spool of floss with you. The size that your dentist gives with your free toothbrush after a regular visit is perfect. This way, even when you are away from home and enjoying a restaurant meal, you can remove any pesky food particle that gets stuck between your teeth with a quick duck to the restroom.
Good oral hygiene includes thorough and proper brushing and flossing as well as regular visits to your dentist at least twice a year. Enjoy a great smile and a healthy mouth by following this simple oral hygiene formula.