To floss or not to floss? That seems to be the million dollar question! For every dentist who urges you to floss, you’ll find another one down the street, warning you off with everything that can go wrong. Arrghhh! Why can’t the medical community agree on at least this one thing?
Well, the good news is that the medical community is in consensus on flossing, mostly. But like any good deed, there is also plenty that can go wrong with it and cause potential harm to your precious gums and teeth. But you can rest easy. Just follow these 11 clear do’s and don’ts, and you can safely embrace the dental blessing that is flossing!
Make Flossing an Everyday Thing
There you have it people, the undiluted truth endorsed by the dental community. If we are going to put food in our mouth 2-3 times a day, it makes sense to thoroughly clean our teeth at least once a day. And mere brushing just doesn’t cut it as the bristles fail to reach all the gaps between our teeth. So flossing isn’t just good for us, it is necessary for the health of our teeth.
While this routine has been around in varied forms for ages, it was revived for the modern world in 1819 by dentist Levi Spear Parmly, universally considered as the father and champion of modern dental hygiene.
It was he who first propagated the modern method using a simple silk thread. And there lies its secret. As long as you stick close to the original technique of using thread, dentists are in agreement that flossing does a whole lot more good than bad. So drop your uncertainty and go for it, daily.
Give Flossing a Couple of Minutes
The 2-minute flossing technique is as real as it comes. Most people tend to spend a couple of minutes brushing, but skimp when it comes to flossing. But guess what – you need as much time to ensure that every nook and cranny between your pearly whites are effectively dealt with. So 2 minutes of flossing, just once a day, and no more.