Today? Or maybe yesterday?
Did you make sure you . . . um . . . visited all your body parts, or did you skip a few? Maybe you thought, eh, I don’t need to wash my feet or under my arms today. Perhaps next week.
Most likely, you didn’t. Why would anyone? There’s nothing like feeling clean from head to toe.
Yet most people do skip getting totally clean when it comes to their mouth.
So I have to ask.
Where’s The Floss?
Millions of bacteria live in our mouth, and the whole purpose of keeping it clean is to keep their numbers low. Brushing alone gets rid of only 2/3 of the bacteria, leaving the other 1/3 to grow and prosper at your expense.
So why give a floss?
Well, for starters, bacteria begin to collect and form plaque, the white film that coats your teeth and can be (mostly) removed by brushing. Without flossing, plaque continues to hang out in nooks and crannies your toothbrush can’t reach. These bacteria then release compounds that cause bad breath, as well as acid that starts to feast on your tooth enamel, making it more prone to cavities.
Eventually, plaque hardens to form tartar. Now, neither brushing nor flossing can be fully effective. Tartar or ‘calculus’ (no, not the math) needs the fine tools and skills utilized by your dentist or hygienist to be removed completely.
Let’s say you decide there’s no flossin’ way and skip that too.
Now tartar gets serious. The bacteria release toxins that first irritate the gums causing gingivitis and over time lead to periodontal disease, which affects not only the gums but also the bone that keeps your teeth in place. Once this bone starts to shrink away, it can’t grow back, and then the teeth get loose and fall out-cavity or not.
So you see, there is a method to the madness.
Adding flossing to your daily routine (once a day is plenty) will not only keep your gums healthy and your breath fresh, it’ll keep you miles away from periodontal disease. And the hillbilly look.
To repeat my question: W.T.F.?
You may now answer: I’m a flossing genius.
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