What is flossing?
Most individuals take the time to brush their teeth twice a day (even though three times is recommended) but many fail to floss. There are many flossing benefits that contribute to the health of your teeth and gums, and going without flossing may be doing your mouth a disservice.
Flossing benefits include the removal of food debris and bacteria that might not always be able to removed by a toothbrush. There are many areas of the mouth and in between the teeth that a toothbrush just can't get to entirely. Flossing ensures that all areas are covered adequately.
Other valuable and healthy flossing benefits include the prevention of cavities, plaque, periodontal disease, and many other dental problems that might occur later in life. Believe it or not, flossing also serves to increase the circulation of blood in your gums, keeping them healthy.
Dentists recommend that you floss at least once a day. There are two common techniques to flossing. As everyone has different types of teeth, one method might work better for you than the other. Ask your dentist to show you how to floss properly, so that you can be sure to receive all the flossing benefits that lead to the overall health of your mouth.