Many people don’t floss frequently. According to a representative analysis, only 30% of the population uses dental floss daily. Dentists recommend flossing once a day before bedtime, in order to remove any food debris, bacteria clusters, or tartar from between the teeth.
In other blog posts we have discussed the importance of flossing and daily brushing, since they represent a large part of oral hygiene. Although the tongue and the insides of the cheeks help remove food debris from the teeth (this is called autolysis or self-cleaning), they do not reach the spaces between the teeth. So, what are the advantages of flossing?
Helps prevent bad breath
By leaving food remains between your teeth, they begin to decompose until generating an unpleasant odor, now multiply this by 30, which are the interdental spaces where food remains can be left and you can imagine the results. This is why flossing often fixes bad breath problems.
Helps preserve tooth enamel
Tooth enamel protects the internal structure of the teeth. However, in the interdental spaces, the enamel is much thinner, making it a potential spot for dental caries and infections. By flossing we protect our tooth enamel from possible cavities.
Helps maintain the white color of teeth
Since the use of dental floss removes food remains between the teeth, our dental enamel will stay healthy for much longer, maintaining the white color of our teeth.
So, how to floss?
We have already shared the National Institute of Aging guide a few times, however this comprehensive guide shows the steps to take to achieve proper flossing.
Is dental floss Coronavirus safe?
Yes. The dental floss is sold in sealed packaging and it comes in another hermetically sealed package. You should close the floss case after you are done using it and avoid reusing used floss.
Where can I look for dental treatment in the phoenix area?
If you are looking to get dental treatment in the phoenix Metro Area, you can contact us at Somos Dental. In Somos Dental we offer emergency care and elective treatments during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. In Somos Dental we clean and disinfect all the surfaces, machines and tools so you can come to our dental offices without any risk of contracting the virus. Here we can offer an initial assessment for free by filling our online application form. You can also contact us through our different contact options: such as Facebook, phone call, Whatsapp, or E-mail. We are located in 5 different points: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa, and Camelback. Give us a call at 623-232-0089 if you have any questions.