Flossing For Glossing

Do you floss? If yes, how often you use the little white string? If No...
"Regular brushing and flossing are healthy habits no child can afford to skip. In fact, kids who stick with daily flossing and brushing in adulthood can shave as much as 6.4 years off their age. When they're turning 40, their RealAge will still be in their early 30s.", claims RealAge.
Dental floss is a bundle of thin ribbon used to remove food and dental plaque from teeth. The floss is gently inserted between the teeth and scraped along the teeth sides, especially close to the gums. Dental floss may be flavored or unflavored, and waxed or unwaxed.
Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach — under the gumline and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.

There are two types of floss from which to choose:
 - Nylon (or multifilament) floss
 - PTFE (monofilament) floss
Nylon floss is available waxed and unwaxed, and in a variety of flavors. Because this type of floss is composed of many strands of nylon, it may sometimes tear or shred, especially between teeth with tight contact points. While more expensive, single filament (PTFE) floss slides easily between teeth, even those with tight spaces between teeth, and is virtually shred-resistant. When used properly, both types of floss are excellent at removing plaque and debris.

Researches suggests that regular flossing may affect more than the health of your mouth.
Flossing may protect your heart. Research has shown a connection between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease. They are not sure what is behind the connection, but it makes the simple task of flossing a no-brainer for optimal health.

Flossing may protect your arteries. Flossing and clogged arteries also may be related. Researchers speculate that bacteria from the mouth may enter the bloodstream and contribute to inflammation and artery clogging.
Flossing may reduce your risk of diabetes and its complications.  Periodontal disease appears to make insulin resistance worse. When cells require more insulin to take up blood sugar from the blood stream, blood insulin and, eventually, blood sugar levels will rise. Increases in blood insulin and blood sugar levels both have undesirable effects, such as the development of type 2 diabetes.
The following tips could be of some help to get the most out of flossing:

-  Be sure to slide the floss under your gum line and to gently curl it around each tooth as you floss.
-  Floss gently, but don't quit because your gums bleed. Eventually, they will become stronger and bleed less with regular flossing.
-  Use fresh floss for each tooth juncture.
-  If you find it difficult to manipulate floss with your fingers, purchase dental-floss picks or holders that anchor sections of floss for you in a small, U-shaped plastic device.

Watch the following video for some expert tips and advice on keeping healthy teeth and oral hygiene :

Happy Flossing!
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