When we talk about oral care and hygiene, first three things that come to our mind are brushing, floss and mouthwash. All three are very important, but the third one is usually ignored. There are many who have never flossed. Central Disease Control (CDC) researchers looked at the data of more than 9,000 Americans, aged 30 and above, and about the number of days they flossed previous week. The CDC study found that about 32.4% said that they never floss their teeth, 30.3% said that they flossed their teeth daily, and rest 37.3% said that flossed less than once a day.
Flossing prevents tooth decay
The study didn’t shock dentists. This study is considered as the most compressive national analysis to date on the habit-which can help a person get rid of bacteria which is related to gum diseases, and also prevents tartar build up. Tartar can cause tooth decay. Study author Dr Duong Nguyen said, “I think it is one of those things people don’t know enough about.’’ He also suggested that doctors should push flossing, “If you hear it more and hear it from different places, maybe it will stick a little more.’’
Men avoid flossing more than women
As per more analysis, data and research it was found that men are more than women among those who do not floss their teeth. Around 39% men, and 27% women never flossed. In terms of race- 40% African Americans, 38% Hispanics and 31% whites who said that they never flossed their teeth. Half of the low income brackets, which are about 49%, said that they never floss. In high income group this percentage was 28%. There were about 45% people, aged 75 and above, who had never flossed.
How to do flossing
It is very important to know the right technique, and the type of floss to use before flossing your teeth. There are two types of floss- Nylon and PTFE. Both are good for removing plaque, tartar and debris.
- So start with a 18-inch nylon or PTFE floss. Wind one end of floss on each middle finger.
- Then hold the floss tightly between index finger and thumb, and then gently slide it up and down between the teeth.
- Now curve the floss gently around the base of every tooth, and make sure that you go beneath the gum line.
- Always remember that never snap or force the floss, as it can cut or bruise your delicate gums.
- Always use clean section of floss for each tooth.