Celebrated on the day after Thanksgiving Day, the Flossing Day is dedicated to raise awareness about the importance of flossing, in maintaining the overall oral health and hygiene. If you want to get that adamant piece of turkey off your tooth, you better get flossing!
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Why Flossing Day?
The 20th century has seen an incredible rise in patients with oral health issues. Easy access to processed food items including chocolate and candies is one major factor. If you have a sweet tooth and you can’t live without these, you can still maintain good oral hygiene and limit the detrimental effects by making floss, your best friend!
Flossing at least once a day can improve your oral health according to the American Dental Association(ADA ). Where your toothbrush stops, that’s where your floss starts. Flossing removes plaque build-up( an invisible film of debris and bacteria ) from areas between your teeth and gums, where your toothbrush has limited access. The Plaque can develop into a visible calculus or tartar (thick yellowish substance ) and give your smile a yellow glow, its pretty gross! Flossing also helps to prevent cavities and gum disease in the long run.
The plain truth is that cleaning daily between your teeth is a vital step to maintaining good oral health.
Advantages of flossing
-Prevent Tooth Decay
Long term Plaque build-up causes tooth decay. The acid produced by the bacteria within the plaque uses the food particles as a substrate and destroys the enamel and the underlying tissues. Flossing prevents the food particle and plaque accumulation.
-Prevent Bad Breath
When the food particles play hide and seek in your oral cavity, the food decays and creates a foul odor, technically called Halitosis. Regular flossing removes this debris in between teeth and gums, helping you to confidently speak without being a stink bomb.
-Prevents Gum Disease
-Plaque build-up can lead to infectious gum disease which can induce bleeding or can cause your tooth to wobble and fall off. Floss so that your pearly whites can stay at home!
While Flossing alone cannot take care of your entire oral health, along with brushing twice a day you will reap its long-term benefits. Flossing is usually done at night to avoid the morning rush, and to get rid of the food and plaque build-up over the entire course of the day.
The only tissue in our body that cannot regenerate itself is the tooth, help this helpless tissue by making flossing a habit. An artificial substitute can never replace all the functions and aesthetics of a natural tooth, as the age-old adage goes, prevention is better than cure. Flosses come in varieties and flavors, go floss shopping and you might find your favorite flavor too.
Patients find it difficult to get into a habit of flossing, due to the preconceived idea that it is an unnecessary step for their oral health, or because they find the process too difficult as it demands dexterity. These excuses can result in you ending up with implants and dental bridges, so like the famous singing dentist sings,”get that floss in between”!
How Can We Observe Flossing Day:
-It’s a good day to develop the habit of flossing. Use hashtags #NationalFlossingDay and #FlossingDay to post your favorite floss and flossing pictures.
-Write down on a memo note, “get flossing” and stick it in your bathroom mirror.
-Handheld tools such as Waterpik, Airfloss, and interdental flossers can be used to floss.
-Use Habit-tracking apps and reminders to develop a habit of flossing.
-Carry floss with you everywhere you go along with your toothbrush.
-To celebrate this day, all you need to do is buy floss and get flossing.
Interesting Facts About Flossing Day:
Did you know these interesting facts about flossing?
-According to statistics, only 30% of people floss daily.
– 35% of your tooth is left unprotected if flossing is neglected.
-Flossing removes plaque and bacteria, which are both shown to increase susceptibility to heart disease.
-Flossing before brushing enhances the toothpaste coverage and helps the fluoride in the toothpaste to directly act on the tooth
-Women are said to floss more than men.
History Of Flossing day:
In the year 2000, the National Flossing Council, created the national flossing day to convey the importance of flossing in maintaining good oral health.
The dental floss was available since the late 1890s and in 1898 Johnson and Johnson 1st patented dental floss. Dental floss was made with thin silk but was manufactured using nylon by the end of WWII. It took around 102 years to acknowledge the importance of flossing, resulting in this day.