If you’ve ever paid attention to how much food, plaque and debris is flung from your mouth (and onto the bathroom mirror) when you floss your teeth, then you know how important it is to your oral health.
Cleaning between your teeth is one of the best things you can do to maintain healthy gums and avoid periodontal disease.
What about the sniff test? Have you ever sniffed your dental floss after working it between your back teeth … you know, where the food is left to fester? We know – kind of gross, but it’s one of the best ways to tell if you have bad breath. (Most people with bad breath aren’t aware they have it because, as humans, we get used to our own smells.)
The rational part of your brain knows how good flossing is for your oral health, and your enthusiastic dental hygienist loves driving the point home too. There’s just one problem: YOU HATE WRESTLING WITH DENTAL FLOSS!
Quick question – how many teeth do you want to keep as you get older? All of them? Then cleaning between your teeth is a must!
Easier said than done. So many people turn their backs on this important part of oral health care … and it shows in their gums.
According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 50% of all Americans over age 30 have gum disease. When gum disease is in the gingivitis stage (inflammation of the gums), the good news is: gingivitis is reversible with proper oral care.
When gingivitis is left untreated, periodontitis sets in. This is a serious infection that damages the soft tissue and bones that support the teeth. Periodontitis is not reversible and leads to tooth loss. Once the supporting structures for the teeth are gone, they’re GONE for good.
Esthetically, your teeth will start to yellow if you’re not removing the plaque buildup and food particles between them.
If you’re pregnant, it’s important to pay attention to your gum health, as bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream of both mom and baby, resulting in low birth weight.
Gums that bleed when you brush or floss.
Reddened tissue or a red collar around where the gum tissue meets the tooth. Healthy gums should be light to medium pink.
Bad breath. This is caused from bacteria buildup in plaque and tartar.
Gum soreness and sensitivity. This can make it difficult to enjoy hot or cold drinks, or even breathe in cool outdoor air.
If you hate flossing, you’re not alone. Your vendetta against floss could be for a number of reasons: it’s slimy, it takes a lot of time and effort, you hate when your gums bleed, or you just feel plain old clumsy trying to shove your hands into the dark recesses of your mouth. Improper technique can even damage your dental work.
So no surprise that these are the nation’s flossing stats:
Brush picks (also called dental picks or interdental brushes) can replace your dental floss and give you an easy, effective way to clean between your teeth and get your gums in better shape. Use a brush pick at least once a day (preferably before bedtime) as part of your healthy oral hygiene routine.
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Oxyfresh BrushPicks® protect the gums with a rounded safety tip, effectively removes food particles with tiny bristles, easily maneuvers around teeth and molars, and has a triangle shaped tip that fits between the teeth.
According to clinical research, interdental brushes are even better at reducing gingivitis and bleeding compared to dental floss.
That means no more excuses for ignoring this vital part of your oral hygiene. Using a brush pick is a little bit of time each day for the huge payoff of healthy gums and saving your teeth as you get older. Now that’s reason to smile!
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