Recently, the practice of flossing has seen some controversy in the press. Some sources suggest that there is no real evidence that flossing helps your oral health. While the evidence of flossing is mixed, it is still a good idea to incorporate it into your healthcare routine. With advancements in technology and all of the different types of floss available, finding a convenient method of flossing is easy.
1. There are gaps between our teeth that even a small, round-headed electric toothbrush cannot reach.
2. Food and drink particles can become lodged in the spaces between your teeth. Some of the particles are so small that they cannot be seen by the naked eye.
3. If not removed regularly, the bacteria in these particles can create a substance known as plaque. Plaque is the primary cause of tooth decay.
4. The bacteria in plaque can irritate your gums, causing them to become sore and bleed. When gum disease progresses, it can become a complex and serious issue that needs immediate attention.
5. Poor oral health has been linked to a variety of serious health conditions, including: dementia, diabetes, and even heart disease.
Removing the debris that becomes lodged in our teeth is essential for maintaining strong, healthy teeth and gums. Flossing is the easiest proven solution for cleaning the gaps in our teeth.
There are lots of different types of dental floss and floss alternatives on the market. To help you decide which is right for you, we have compiled a little information on each below.
String floss is the ‘gold standard’, and granddaddy of flossing methods. Dozens of brands and variations are available, but the biggest choice is between single or multiple-filament string. Single strand floss is generally considered superior, as it is stronger and less likely to shred and tear. String floss has a variety of benefits:
A modern alternative to traditional flossing, water flossers are particularly popular with those who struggle to master the technique of using string floss. It is also suggested as a viable option to some orthodontic brace-wearers.
Floss picks combine the accessibility of traditional string floss with a convenient easy-grip handle. This makes them a great solution for people with reduced dexterity.
With several solutions on the market, a quality flossing experience is more accessible than ever. Take steps to look after your long term oral and general health and start flossing today. If you’re curious about which kind of floss would work best for your unique oral health situation, our staff at Vero Dental Spa would be glad to offer recommendations.