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Should I Floss

Updated on October 26, 2012

Everyone needs to floss. You can get bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay if you do not floss daily. You should floss at least once daily. Flossing can also prevent heart disease and it can complicate diabetic conditions.

Bacteria gets between your teeth and under your gum line. Food gets trapped between your teeth. Your toothbrush can not reach these areas. This is where flossing is useful, and it does not take much time. If you do not remove the food stuck between your teeth it will begin to rot. Then it will smell. This rotting smelly food stuck between your teeth produces bacteria which can produce acid and acid will then eat away at the enamel on your teeth. This bacteria also produces plaque. You will notice bad breath.

If you continue to not floss, gum disease will follow and your teeth shall start to rot and fall out.

It is important to floss correctly. Make sure you floss before you brush. Most prefer waxed floss as it seems to slide between your teeth easier. You will need about 18 inches, wrapping it around a few times on a finger on each hand.


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