To Floss Or Not to Floss

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Flossing is one of those habits that is a no-brainer once you get into the habit of doing it. But if you don’t floss all the time, it’s hard to remember to do it every day.

 

Yet flossing is actually vitally important. It removes food particles that can get trapped between your teeth. It helps keep your breath fresh. And it can even prevent you from a potentially embarrassing situation.

 

Trapped Food

 

When you eat, your teeth tear and smash food so that you can easily swallow and digest it. But some foods — including stringy meats, sticky candies, and even leafy vegetables — can easily get pushed into the recesses between your teeth. And brushing won’t always loosen and remove them.

 

But flossing gets into the areas between your teeth that the bristles on your toothbrush can’t reach, removing these trapped food particles before they can start to decay, decompose, and go to work wearing down the natural enamel found on the outside of your teeth.

 

Bad Breath

 

Flossing also can help you avoid getting bad breath. Over time, these decaying food particles will start to create a bad odor, called halitosis. When you have bad breath, you may not even realize it because your nose has slowly become accustomed to the smell. Or the unpleasant aroma isn’t released until the food particle shifts or becomes partially exposed.

 

But you can be sure other people notice it. And in many cases, they will be too polite to tell you that your breath smells bad. Flossing will help eliminate bad breath.

 

Mccosh – Embarrassing Situation 

 

Flossing also can help you avoid the embarrassing situation of having food stuck in your front teeth. Foods like spinach and other leafy vegetables can easily get trapped in your front teeth, creating a comical look for others but an embarrassing one for you.

 

But once you get into the habit of flossing your teeth when you brush after every meal, you never have to worry about having food stuck in your teeth without you knowing about it.

 

Flossing regularly can help you protect your teeth, avoid bad breath, and not be embarrassed in front of your friends or co-workers. Now that’s a win/win/win!

 

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