Flossing is important for your oral health. Studies show that flossing will prevent a number of different medical conditions in the mouth and even in the heart. Some of these conditions include halitosis, tooth decay, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and heart disease. If you are guilty of not flossing as much as you should it is time to change your habits so you can get rid of the bacteria and plaque that is hiding between your teeth. When you shop for flossing products, you should look for products that are designed for your mouth. Here are some tips on what to look for when you are shopping for dental floss to combat the plaque.
Knowing Your Mouth
Some people have very large spaces between their teeth and others have small gaps that are very tight. Just because the gaps between your teeth are small does not mean that bacteria will not find a way to nest where you cannot reach with even the best manual toothbrushes. If you have tight teeth, it is no excuse to floss less. The best dental floss for tight teeth will be easy to glide between each tooth.
Flat Floss: You can find flat floss products that are known to gently glide between the teeth that are close together. Look for an anti-plaque floss that is easy on the gums and coated with wax. The wax makes it easier to nudge the floss between the teeth so you do not have to push too hard and cause bleeding of the gums.
Indicator Floss: A fairly new product on the shelves is indicator floss. Look for a smaller string when purchasing this type of floss. The difference between standard floss and indicator floss is that the product will make the plaque stand out on the string. The floss is blue in color and the white plaque will show easily on the string. This shows you if you have been missing specific areas so you can change your habits.
So our interest is in knowing whether, indeed, flossing has potential for the prevention of halitosis, and what mechanism makes that possible.
In order to understand those things, it would be important to take into consideration the fact that dental flossing is all about passing through the gaps that exist between the teeth a specially made thin piece of thread-like material, in order to get rid of bacteria and food particles that may be lodged there. These spaces between individual teeth are spaces that would otherwise remain dirty, as they are impossible to clean using the toothbrush. From this background, then, wouldn’t it make sense that flossing would go a long way towards the prevention of halitosis, whose one cause is improper dental hygiene?
What is worth keeping in mind though, is the fact that there are some cases of halitosis that originate from further down the digestive tract. Where these forms of halitosis manifest, proper teeth cleaning and proper dental-flossing would not be of great help in eliminating them. But where the halitosis is a result of poor oral hygiene, as is usually the scenario in most cases, then by all means, you would stand a very good chance to combat it effectively by proper brushing of teeth and dental flossing.