Tooth Flossing is one of the most important and aiding procedure to help in maintaining a good oral hygiene. Apart from the most important way, i.e. Tooth brushing, Flossing does hold some importance in maintaining a good oral hygiene, not just in preventing bad breath but there are multiple uses of the same in the entire body. According to the various studies and research, flossing helps in preventing heart disease, diabetes, erectile dysfunction and many more problems that are likely to occur when the oral hygiene is not well maintained.
The teeth kept healthy with both tooth brushing and flossing, would prevent the tooth decay, and the major periodontal problems, i.e. Gum disease can be well prevented. The American Dental Association has set a few guidelines for a good dental health, and it includes:
Brush your teeth twice a day: Brushing the teeth with a fluoride toothpaste and replacing the tooth brush every 3-4 months
Floss daily to remove any food particles that remain between the teeth after the meals
Eat a balanced diet, and try to avoid the snacks between the meals
Schedule regular dental checkups with a personal dentist and keep a check of the oral hygiene
In the US, almost half of the population follow the daily practice of flossing, and a study has recently revealed that almost 34% of that population hasn’t felt the need of visiting a dentist for any problem in the past one year. But apart from just flossing and brushing, one has to cut down the habits of smoking, tobacco chewing and having excess of sugary foods.
InGoodMeasure has created an infographic named “Floss or Die” to show what could be the ill effects of not flossing and not maintaining a good oral hygiene.
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There are of course various other ways in keeping the oral hygiene well maintained, but the most basic ones which one has to follow for sure is tooth brushing and flossing.