Importance of Flossing

How important is flossing?

Recent reports in some sections of the media and dental fraternity have sought to downplay the importance of flossing and the role it plays in your overall oral hygiene care.
 The US. Department of Health and Human Services in an August 2016 statement also reaffirmed flossing as “an important oral hygiene practice”

The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day.
 Plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar. Flossing also helps prevent gum decay and cavities.

There are several options available for cleaning between your teeth. Dental flosses are the most popularly used option. Other products that are great for between-teeth cleaning are dental pick, pre-threaded flosser, tiny brushes that reach between the teeth, water flosser or wooden plaque remover. Dental flosses come in different forms — waxed, unwaxed, thick or comfort floss.
 You may discuss about what types of dental care products will be most effective for you with your dentist .
 What Is The Best Time to Floss — Before or After Brushing?
 A 2015 poll asked people if they brush before or after they floss. The results: 53% said they brush before, while 47% said after.

Technically, it doesn’t matter if you do it before or after. The most important thing about flossing is doing it. As long as you do it properly, it doesn’t matter when. It just takes two extra minutes to devote to your dental care. Pick a time of the day and follow the regime everyday. People who are too tired at the end of the day could choose to clean between their teeth first thing in the morning or after lunch. Others might like to go to bed with a thoroughly clean mouth.

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Originally published at on August 29, 2016.