WARNING: This Article Will Make You Want To Floss Your Teeth NOW
By Lindsay Sibson
What is not so sexy to do, slightly smelly, yet OH so satisfying?
Did you guess POOPING?
Nice guess, I would have thought that too…
BUT, what I am referring to is flossing your teeth!
Dislodging something caught between your teeth is the ultimate dental freedom – am I right or am I right?
If you haven’t caught my drift yet, I LOVE flossing.
However, I recognize that this is not the case for everyone. I recently got into a debate with my boyfriend about the safety of flossing, because apparently his dentist here in Italy claims that it is “bad for your teeth…”
Of course that made me want to attack him with floss ASAP. It got me to thinking, what are all the amazing benefits of flossing your teeth daily?
Let’s check them out together now…
Benefits Of Flossing Your Teeth
Your toothbrush can only accomplish so much in regards to giving you the BEST oral health.
Brushing your teeth cleans the outer surfaces of your gums and teeth.
Flossing is an interdental cleaner that is designed specifically to clean the tight spaces between your teeth (especially that gap between the base of the teeth and the gums where food likes to get caught).
In other words, flossing is able to clean the areas your toothbrush can’t reach.
Sure, you can use mouthwash, which can kill the bacteria that form plaque, BUT mouthwash isn’t able to remove tartar and the bits of food that wedge themselves in these places.
- The American Dental Association suggests that flossing before you brush helps make brushing more effective.
- Flossing is revered as a crucial part of preventative dental care.
- This can save you BIG money later on down the road by helping keep your teeth and oral health in tip top shape.
- Allows you to remove the plaque that causes tartar while it’s still in its early form (pliable, sticky, but soft).
- Plaque doesn’t harden into tartar unless it’s been left alone for a long time.
- Plaque generates acid, which can cause cavities, lead to gum disease and irritate your gums.
- Regularly flossing keeps buildup from happening.
- Tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis.
- Red, swollen gums.
- The first stage of gum disease.
- If left unchecked, the bacteria-laden tartar and plaque can spread even deeper below your gum line.
- Causes periodontitis.
- Severe gum disease.
- Characterized by severe inflammation and eventual tooth and bone loss.
- Helps combat bad breath by removing decaying food for in between your teeth – YUCK!
- Flossing can help prevent other diseases. An unhealthy mouth can harm the rest of your body as well!
- Causes bad bacteria to flourish.
- Can lead to respiratory illness, heart disease and diabetes.
How To Properly Floss Your Teeth
- Take out 18 inches of floss.
- Wrap the ends around your fingertips.
- Gently slide the floss between your teeth.
- Be careful not to jam in into your sensitive hums.
- Curve the floss around each tooth
- Rub it up and down to scrape away plaque.
- Avoid sawing motions (this can hurt your gums).
- When you are finished, throw away the floss.
- Rinse your mouth and brush your teeth.
Happy flossing! SHARE this article to help make smiles beautiful everywhere.
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Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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