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Floss Facts

December 23, 2014
Posted By: Dr. J. Jerome Smith
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Dental Floss You know you are supposed to use it, yet many people do not. Have you ever wondered if your dentist can tell if you have been flossing or not? Well, yes we can. When you don’t floss, tartar builds up between your teeth and can cause irritation and harbor the bacteria that cause gum disease.

You might think all floss is created equally, but floss is a high tech creation designed to protect your oral health.

Dental Floss Facts

  • Waxed floss makes it easier to floss closely spaced teeth.
  • Tape or woven floss does a better job for those with wider spaces.
  • Some floss contains fluoride to add protection between your teeth.
  • You should floss on either side of your papilla in between each tooth.
  • The papilla is the triangle shaped gum tissue between your teeth.
  • Eighteen inches of floss is about right per use. You should start at one end and move down to prevent fraying.
  • Flossing in an up and down motion helps to ensure removal of plaque between your teeth.
  • Flossing before you brush allows you to brush away any dislodged food particles and helps the fluoride from your toothpaste make contact with your teeth.
  • Generally speaking, men floss less than women do.
  • When you don’t floss, bacteria reproduce and can cause bad breath and tooth loss.
  • Special floss and threaders help people with bridges or braces floss more effectively.
  • Dental floss was invented in the 1800s by a dentist from New Orleans.
  • The first dental floss was made from silk.
  • You should never flush your dental floss down the toilet. It can create big clogs because it gets caught on things in your pipes.
  • You can use dental floss to slice cheese and cake! 

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