Listen to Your Floss
Do you know that your floss is very active with feedback? And, are you listening to what it tells you? If you are in peak dental hygiene, your floss will move effortlessly around your gums and teeth. But if your floss is snapping ever so often, it could be a warning for a more significant concern (like tartar, cavities or dental overhangs where your filling hasn’t been contoured evenly). Whatever it tells you, it is good to double check with your dentist no matter how trivial it seems.
And here are a few vital don’ts with flossing to protect your smile:
Don’t Replace Flossing with Mouthwash
You can believe us when we tell you that it is a dental myth to consider mouthwash as a good alternative for flossing. Why? For two reasons: One, it has been legally proven in court. Two, most mouthwash liquids have alcohol, and nothing good comes from using alcohol to wash your teeth. Mouthwash liquids also contain fluoride, an ingredient that further divides the dental community.
While the old school dentists believe that fluoride is good to prevent tooth decay, an increasing number of dentists are waking up to the toxic effects of fluoride. As that adage goes, it sure is better to be safe than sorry. The moral of the story is that flossing still rules.
Don’t Re-use and be Stingy
If you’re properly flossing, your floss comes back with plenty of germs. Get rid of it before you next stint and reach for a new strip Don’t be stingy with your floss. Dentists recommend using an 18” strip. That is a good 1.5 feet that should not be re-used!Related: Naturally Reverse Tooth Decay with These Steps