It is estimated that only 30 percent of people in America floss on a daily basis. One of the reasons that many people do not floss is because there are a lot of misconceptions about it. Believing common myths about can put your dental health at risk.
Myth: You do not Need to Floss
Fact: Bacteria and plaque grow in your mouth when you eat or drink something. This is normal, but the bacteria and plaque can cause tooth decay and gum disease if they are not removed. You will not be able to remove all of the plaque and bacteria with a toothbrush. Flossing can remove bacteria and plaque from under the gum and around the tooth.
Myth: I Should not Floss if my Gums Bleed
Fact: Many people think that flossing will damage their gums and cause them to bleed. Gums bleeding is caused by inflammation. Bacteria is one of the things that can cause inflammation. Because flossing removes bacteria, it may stop the bleeding.
Myth: I Cannot Floss if my Teeth are Close Together
Fact: You can still floss if your teeth are close together. However, you may need to use a different type of floss. It is best for you to use a thinner floss if your teeth are close together.
Myth: I Cannot Floss if I have Braces
Fact: It is harder to floss if you have braces. However, it is still necessary. If you do not floss, then your gums can become infected and inflamed.
Myth: I do not Need to Floss if I use my Mouthwash
Fact: Mouthwash can help remove plaque and freshen your breath, but you still need to floss. Mouthwash will never take the place of floss.
Myth: Flossing is Time-Consuming
Fact: It should only take you about two or three minutes to floss your teeth. You may be busy, but it is important to take the time to floss.