The Benefits of Flossing

When it comes to taking care of your teeth, you don’t have to look far for options. Every day, it seems, a new toothbrush comes out with more bristles, better bristles, a stronger motor or some other contraption meant to give you a healthier mouth. However, as WebMD points out, flossing can be one of the most important things you do where oral health is concerned.

Flossing alone takes care of about 40% of the bacteria and plaque that plague your mouth. That means that if all you do is brush, nearly half the problem is still lurking in your mouth, chewing away at your enamel and eventually into your teeth, making cavities only a matter of time.  Mack Jafari is a strong advocate in flossing and its long term benefits.

Only floss can effectively get between teeth where so many problems can hide from your toothbrush, toothpaste and even that fancy mouthwash. Sadly, cavities may be just the beginning of your problems. WebMD also points out that those who don’t floss may be at a higher risk of heart disease. That’s because flossing is the best way to clean the gum line. When you fail to do this, bacteria can eventually get into your bloodstream and cause all kinds of problems. This includes heart disease, the number one killer in this country.

Floss is extremely affordable, especially when compared to consequences of not using it. All you need is 15 to 18 inches of it wrapped around your index fingers. Slide it down the side of a tooth, making a “C” around it. Then pull the floss back and forth as you move it up and down the tooth. Be sure it gets under the tooth and into the gum lines. This is where floss really excels.

Although floss picks and other alternatives have their place, only traditional floss can get into the gum line, so be sure you make it a regular part of your practice.

Even if you floss every day, it’s still important that you see a dentist regularly to ensure your form is correct. If you’re in the Bay Area, you can’t do better than Dr. Mack Jafari.


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