One of the most common pieces of feedback that we give our patients is to floss more. It’s something that all of us have heard at one point or another, even the best of us! This particular step of oral hygiene seems to be the one most commonly forgotten. In today’s blog post, we are going to touch on a few fun facts about flossing in hopes that it gets you just a little bit more excited about adding this step to your daily oral hygiene routine.

18 to 20 Inches

When it comes to flossing, you want to be using anywhere from 18 to 20 inches worth of floss. With over a foot of floss, it sounds like you’re going to have much more than you need to floss your teeth properly. Though it may seem that way, having this much floss ensures that you are able to use clean floss throughout the entire process. This is incredibly important to ensure that you get all of the debris out from between your teeth.

Fun Fact: The average person uses 122 yards of dental floss each year.

Plaque and Debris Removal

The reason that flossing is so beneficial is that you are able to remove the debris, plaque, and overall gunk that builds up around your teeth. Without flossing, you risk the chances of sugars and bacteria being hiding between your pearly whites. When this happens for extended periods, your gums and enamel begin to suffer. If you want to maintain a smile that is not only beautiful, but healthy, thorough flossing alongside proper brushing is a must.

Fun Fact: Enamel is the hardest substance in the body but, without proper care, it can be destroyed.

Get Rid of Bacteria

The last thing that many people want to envision in their mouth is bacteria. The reality, however, is that even the cleanest and healthiest of mouths has thousands of living bacteria taking up real estate on the surface of each tooth. Individuals that maintain their oral hygiene will have anywhere from 1,000 to 100,000 bacteria living on each tooth while individuals with poor oral hygiene will have anywhere from 100 million to 1 billion bacteria living on each tooth. Flossing is one of the best ways to get the unhealthy bacteria that can harm your teeth out of your mouth.

Fun Fact: Plaque holds more than 300 different types of bacteria. In order to remove plaque and bacteria from your mouth, you need to floss.

Contact Lake Villa Dental

Spending some time to floss may be the last thing that you want to do after a long day at work, but it’s absolutely crucial when it comes to maintaining oral health. The team at Lake Villa Dental stands by the suggestion that flossing should happen at least once a day. If you have any questions about flossing, general oral hygiene and care, or would like to schedule a visit with our dentists, contact our office in Villa Lake today! We are always more than happy to help you with your oral hygiene and dental care!