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Facts about flossing:

January 2019

Flossing is an important part of a proper oral health routine, but most people would rather go shopping for groceries, clean a toilet or do their taxes than floss! To encourage you to try harder, here are some interesting facts about flossing: 

1. Flossing removes plaque from areas between your teeth that your toothbrush can't reach. If this plaque is not removed, it can eventually harden into calculus or tartar, leading to gum disease. There's also evidence that periodontal bacteria can attach to the fatty plaques in blood vessels and set off an inflammatory process, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. Other research has shown that infections in the mouth may be associated with diabetes, pneumonia and other health problems.

2. Maybe you're too tired at the end of the day to bother with flossing. Yet, it doesn't really matter when you do it. The most important thing is to just do it—once a day. Whether you floss before or after you brush doesn't much matter, either.

3. Irregular flossing can lead to bleeding sensitive gums; but keep flossing! If you floss consistently, the bleeding will eventually subside.

4. Children, with the help of their parents, should start to floss as soon as they have two teeth that touch.

5. Brushing only cleans around 70% of the surface area of teeth, leaving the cracks and spaces between teeth uncleaned. Flossing helps to get teeth 100% clean!

6.  People with orthodontic devices like braces can floss too. Floss threaders and Tepe brushes are great ways to help people wearing braces remove food debris from between their teeth and stuck in their brackets or orthodontic equipment.

7.  Waxed floss is easier to slide between closely spaced teeth. If your teeth are very close together, we suggest flossing with thin waxed floss. 

8. You don’t have to floss all your teeth, only the ones you want to keep!