Oral care impacts more than the mouth. Good oral health has major impacts on physical health and wellbeing in general. Toothbrushing is a key part of oral care, but interdental cleaners such as floss are just as important. They remove trapped food and bacteria from between the teeth that toothbrushes may miss. Organizations such as the American Dental Association affirm that flossing and brushing together are more effective than using either method exclusively.
To take full advantage of the benefits of flossing, it’s important to first understand the correct way to floss. Flossing begins by wrapping and holding the floss in a c-shape. After roping the floss on either side of a tooth, move the floss up and down around the tooth. The floss should clean about half the diameter of each tooth from as many angles as possible. The gum tissue under the tooth also requires flossing. Though this may seem simple, a 2015 study suggests that a majority of people either neglect to brush oral surfaces or use floss incorrectly.
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