No one likes having to go through the hassle of flossing their teeth, but the benefits can be huge.

Did you know that half of Australians floss once a month or less?

In fact, research has shown that people who don’t floss have an increased risk of gum disease and tooth loss, and suffer from a higher rate of dental caries.

We’ve also all heard about the benefits of flossing for our oral health—but is flossing really as important as we think it is?

If you don’t floss at all, the chances of gum disease are greatly increased.

However, if you’re brushing and flossing regularly, you may have less need to floss. Studies have shown that about 20 percent of the people who floss daily still get periodontal disease.

Why do I want to floss?

Regular flossing can prevent gum disease, cavities, and tooth loss. In fact, one of the benefits of flossing is that it will make your teeth feel better. Flossing can also help keep you from getting sick by reducing the amount of food particles in your mouth and protecting against colds, flu, and sinus infections.

How often should I floss? 

The problem with flossing is that many people don’t do it enough or don’t do it right.

This question is more applicable to those who already brush their teeth twice a day than it is to those who don’t. And even among the latter group, the answer depends on a lot of factors, including what kind of toothbrush you use and your personal preference. In terms of how frequently you should floss, the recommendation is to floss twice a day. That means that you should brush your teeth twice a day, right after breakfast and before bed. If you do that, you should also floss after every meal, which should include lunch and dinner.

If you don’t get into a regular flossing habit, start by doing it for just ten seconds per tooth. Then, build up to doing twenty seconds per tooth every day for a few weeks.

The end result should be that flossing will become a second nature for you, and the feeling of cleanliness will be so important to you that you’ll want to brush your teeth before and after every meal and snack.

Flossing is a good habit to develop for oral health.

When you’re young, your gums are soft, making it easy for you to floss. But as you get older, your gums become tougher and more resistant to cleaning. This can make flossing a bit more difficult than before. However, as long as you floss regularly, you’ll be healthier. You can also choose from several different types of flosses. They’re available in different flavors and designs. Choose the one that you’re most comfortable with.

Should I use Waxed or Unwaxed Dental Floss?

It turns out there is a difference in the texture, which is most likely due to the fact that unwaxed dental floss is made of nylon while waxed dental floss is made of cellulose. The other reason you may be asking yourself this question is because most of the dental floss you buy in your local supermarket has been waxed.

Waxed dental floss has been around for years, and it’s the recommended type. This is because the wax coating protects against bacteria and dirt in the mouth.

What are the alternatives to dental floss?

Many people don’t know that there are other options for flossing, including using a string of dental picks. They come in a variety of sizes and colors and are available online at a wide array of retail websites. The downside is that they can get expensive if you’re constantly swapping out picks.

Ultimately, when it comes to flossing, find what works best for you in terms of your technique, however if you are unsure, ask your dentist what they recommend would be best suited for you.

Ensuring you keep up a good oral health practice is something you’ll thank yourself for later!