By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
When it comes to oral hygiene, you might feel pretty proud of yourself for regularly brushing your teeth in the morning and at night before bedtime. However, using dental floss is just as important, since it removes bacteria-attracting “plaque” and decaying food between your teeth.
See, even the best toothbrush in the world can’t reach the tiny cracks and corners where this gunk loves to hang out. Flossing at least once a day, ideally before brushing, helps fluoride toothpaste cleanse your mouth.
When you don’t floss, bacteria colonies build up, irritating your gums and making them vulnerable to bleeding. When you do floss, you can prevent gum disease and cavities that form on the surfaces between teeth, while also allowing your chompers to regenerate their strength.
Traditional flossing usually requires about ten or more inches of floss, which is often wrapped around the middle or index finger and supported by your thumbs. By navigating it gently up and down between your teeth, you can floss away all those gross bits of leftover food. If your fingers turn red just thinking about floss, then use a floss wand, which can be held like a toothbrush. Then, the next time you see the dentist, you won’t feel guilty when they ask if you’ve been flossing regularly!
Featured image courtesy of Patricia H. Schuette on Flickr. Image of floss wands courtesy of Feelfree on Wikipedia.