For decades, humans have tried numerous methods to effectively maintain the health of their teeth and gums. They have invented various tools for cleaning the teeth and at the same time working on the ideas to combat plagues and bacteria within the oral cavity. One of these ingenious ideas gave way to the creation of dental floss that uses either a soft thread of silk, nylon or similar material to clean the very narrow space between teeth.
The creation of dental floss attracted plenty of questions from the public, many of them were suspicious towards it while the majority thought that flossing was just a waste of time, that brushing their teeth regularly and daily would suffice to ensure a good oral hygiene. Truth be told, flossing contributes 40% of the total cleaning processes of teeth. Dental floss can reach deep into the narrow crevices and clean the areas thoroughly compared to toothbrushes because there is no way for the bristles to reach it. In addition, flossing also helps remove stubborn bacteria that excrete acid onto teeth that cause cavities. Yet, the question that is now playing in everyone’s head is: to floss or not to floss?
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), it is recommended that you at least floss your teeth once a day. Cleaning your teeth by flossing can help remove those stubborn and hard to reach nasty bacteria called plaque that secrete an acid which can lead to the cavity formation. Cavity, when it begins, will rot your teeth away and it is not a pleasant sight to see. Excess plaque that is not removed will in time hardens and then turns into a rough substance which is called tartar. This substance will reside along with your gum which then can lead to gum disease. Once Tartar is formed, only your dentist can remove it. By flossing your teeth regularly, these diseases can be avoided.
One of the reasons why people still have doubts about the effectiveness of flossing is because their gums bleed while they are flossing their teeth. This led many people to believe that flossing is actually harming their gums more than protecting it! In reality, flossing actually helps in reducing the occurrence of gum bleeding! The only reason why there is blood on your gum is that your body sends it to fight off the bacteria that is causing infection and deteriorating your oral health. Flossing regularly can eventually reduce the number of bacteria in between your teeth thus reducing the frequency of gum bleeding. In conclusion, when there are no bacteria on your gum, there will be less occurrence of gum bleeding when you floss the next time.
Another myth that has been circulating is that flossing does nothing good to your body; it only cleans your teeth. Apparently, there are a lot of diseases that are related to gum disease, such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and respiratory problems, just to name a few. All of those diseases are linked to the health state of your gums, so by taking care of the state, it could help reduce the risk of these conditions, or if you are already affected by these diseases, it can help improve your condition. As you can see, taking care of your gums’ health is more important than you think it is.
There are still debates going on everywhere on whether people should floss or not. Despite all the positive effects of flossing, many are still in doubt. Should you even be interested in trying out flossing and seeing the results for yourself, we at MISMIS would like to recommend few items that go along well with flossing, like our MISMIS toothbrush and our MISMIS Extra Cool Mint Natural Toothpaste for an increased defense against bacteria to ensure the best protection for your entire body well-being.