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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Flossing; is it worth it?

Go into your bathroom right now, look at your sink, and go over what things you have there for your daily routine. You've probably got a toothbrush and toothpaste, maybe a bottle of mouthwash, but I'm willing to bet that there's one thing you haven't got; a roll of dental floss. And I can imagine why. It's hard to like flossing. It tastes bitter, it's uncomfortable sliding that minty cord between your teeth, and more often than not you'll find that you've ended up with bleeding gums. Besides, those old Listerine commercials said that their product killed more germs in harder to reach places than floss. Really, there's no point in it, right? Wrong. 

According to the university of Iowa, flossing twice a day can provide a number of benefits to your health. Flossing can improve circulation in the gums, which will actually reduce bleeding caused by harder brushing or flossing. Also, flossing can excavate tiny particles of food and plaque that your toothbrush would be powerless to remove. These little chunks of unpleasantness would otherwise sit in the back of your mouth and fester, resulting in cavities and utterly putrid breath. So go ahead and floss. It'll do a body good!


  1. Dentists say that flossing may actually be more important than brushing

  2. Wow, I didn't know that flossing can do more than just give you good teeth. Hmm, it can be made more effective if it is done along with toothbrushing and mouthwashing. We should attack germs and protect our mouth on all fronts to keep it safe and healthy! After all, there's nothing to be lost when ensuring the health of your teeth.