Why do we need to Floss?

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A close up of teeth debris on dental floss

If you want to have fresh breath, flossing is a very important part of your oral care routine. It doesn’t matter how well you brush your teeth, or how long for, however brilliant the toothbrush brand say the bristles are and where they can reach they still cannot reach all the food and debris from between your teeth. Flossing is the only way to do this.

If you don’t floss regularly, the food particles between your teeth will start to break down and this will cause not only bad breath but tooth decay and gum disease.

flossing bad breath

How often should you be Flossing?

The very minimum is once a day. You really should floss each time you brush your teeth, preferably before brushing. If you feel you only have time to floss once a day, the best time is before bed so that any trapped food debris is removed before it starts to decay.

Flossing Routine

Floss BEFORE brushing. Flossing will loosen the debris between your teeth, then brushing will further remove the debris. You must use mouthwash or water to rinse and spit after brushing and flossing as this will remove the particles from your mouth completely.

What’s the best tool for Flossing?

There are 3 types of tool for flossing:

Traditional Dental Floss/Sticks

The floss, either on a stick or on a roll,slides between the teeth and below
the gumline removing food debris and helping to dislodge plaque.

Powerfloss Oral Irrigator

power floss oral irrigator bad breathWith the Powerfloss Oral Irrigator, you can directly target inaccessible areas and blast away debris that is caught between the teeth. You use water inside the flosser or to enhance the flosser even more, you can fill the water flosser with ProFresh Mouthwash to ensure that the mouthwash gets between the teeth too.

The Power Floss Oral Irrigator does not need batteries so is easy to use on the go.

WaterPik Water FlosserWaterpik medium

The WaterPik Water Flosser is more powerful than the Powerfloss tool as it has a chargeable battery. The WaterPik fires out water in pulsations to clean deep between the teeth and below the gumline. This removes harmful bacteria and debris that traditional flosses can’t reach. The WaterPik removes up to 99.9% in 3 seconds from the treated area.

When we are young, one of the most important thing’s our parents nag us about is brushing our teeth. Every morning and every night. When we are old enough our Dentist introduces us to flossing, which we are supposed to do every day. Equally important to both brushing and flossing is tongue scraping but not many Dentists or Doctors mention this.

Here are some very good reasons why tongue scraping or tongue cleaning should be part of your oral care routine:

Bad Breath/Halitosis

Bad breath is one of the most embarrassing ailments. Bacteria hiding under mucus and food debris on the surface of the tongue cause your breath to smell unpleasant no matter how much you brush and floss.

Taste Buds

Mucus or post nasal drip ends up on your tongue and forms a thick coating which clog up your taste buds. If this happens, then food can taste different or strange or can have no taste at all. Scraping your tongue morning and night will enhance the taste of your food and drink.

Digestion

The digestion of food starts in the mouth. Keeping your saliva flowing nicely – which means a clean tongue and a keeping your mouth hydrated – will ensure the digestion process is started off correctly. Saliva contains bacteria which fight bad breath and it also contains enzymes that start breaking down your food.

General Health

Your tongue is one of the easiest places for toxins to get into your system. Regular scraping gets rid of these toxins and bacteria before they get a chance to get into your system.

How to Clean/Scrape your tongue

To clean your tongue properly, place the tongue cleaner down at the very back of your tongue. Hold the tongue scraper down firmly and pull it forward. Repeat this 3 – 6 times, rinsing your mouth and the tongue cleaner with water each time. Make sure you don’t miss the side of your tongue, this too will have a slight coating which is made up of bacteria.

Extend your tongue as much as possible. This will help reach the row of small bumps that lie at the back of your tongue. If your gag reflex is activated, please be assured after time, the reflex will subside. Pulling the tip of your tongue forward and holding whilst scraping will eliminate the gag reflex you get used to it.

This is what a healthy tongue should look like

Healthy tongue photo

Pink, clean with small bumps called pipillae (bumps should not be red or inflamed)

Some people have a coating on the tongue

Coating on tongue bad breath

A thick white coating on the tongue is an overgrowth of bacteria and yeast. Make sure your clean your tongue and avoid foods that increase yeast growth. Smoking also causing a coating on the tongue.

A yellow coating on the tongue has the same cause as a white coating and could indicate poor gut function. It is the bacteria that produces a yellowy pigment.

Geographic tongue can be caused by a lack of iron, folic acid and Vitamin B12.

With all tongue issues, its best to keep the mouth clean by having a thorough oral care routine including brushing, flossing, tongue scraping, using a good (non-alcoholic mouth wash like ProFresh) and keeping your mouth hydrated by sipping water regularly throughout the day.

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Ayurveda Tongue Reflex

The practice of Ayurveda originated in India. It’s ethos is life+science/knowledge and believes the mind and body are connected. Ayurveda believes that like reflexology and the feet, every organ can be found on a specific region on the tongue. It is believed that discoloration or issue with a certain part of the tongue can indicate an organ disorder correlated to a certain part of the body.

So you may think that your oral care routine is fine with just brushing and flossing but if you aren’t cleaning your tongue too, then you are missing out a third of the vital oral care routine.

Having bad breath can have either a minimal impact on your social life or it can be devastating.

Bad breath can limit personal relationships, whether that be a partner, friend or family. Sufferers worry about what other people think of them, as halitosis is often wrongly connected to poor oral hygiene. This will lead to the sufferer avoiding close contact with other people. Some people may even avoid social events and keep a “safe distance” from other people when talking to them. Others may cover their mouth whilst talking.

She-Has-Bad-Breath-Transparent.psdThose affected by bad breath will experience anxiety whenever confronted with a social setting, they will avoid talking face to face with people and avoid situations where they have to be close or sit close to other people.

“I sit and suck mints and pray no-one talks to me”

One of our customers told us how she dreaded every event she had to attend at her kids school. “I dread the school plays where you have to sit next to other parents”. I sit and suck mints the whole way through and pray no-one talks to me”. “I must come across as very rude and standoffish as I try not to engage with other parents because of how bad my breath is”.

“When the make-up artist got close to me, I held my breath!”

A young lady called us to say that she was desperate to get rid of her bad breath. The event that finally forced her to do something about it was when she went into a department store to have her make up done. “My boyfriend had arranged for me to have a makeover for my birthday and gave me some vouchers for a trendy make up bar in a department store”. The first thing I thought was “Oh no I have to have someone else right in my face!”. I made sure I drank lots of water and kept chewing gum but when the make-up artist got really close to my face I held my breath. At one point I thought I was going to pass out because I hadn’t taken a proper breath for nearly a minute”. The make up artist spotted that I was looking dizzy and I blamed it on being claustrophobic. She took a step back after that to give me some space but that made me realise I needed to get to the bottom of this problem instead of ignoring it or masking it with gum”.

Some people chose never to go out and this affects a persons mental and physical health and wellbeing. Sufferers don’t just avoid social situations in their personal life but their work life too. Networking with your employers is another important part of your career path and those with bad breath will avoid this at all costs therefore affecting their professional lives as well as their personal.

An employee from a bank in the city of London told us that he had to go to the doctors because he spent so much time chewing gum to cover up his bad breath. “Having a drink after work with customers or colleagues was very much part of my job and of course alcohol dries my mouth out making my breath worse. So I get through 3 packets of gum a day to try and cover up my bad breath. I started getting stomach cramps so had to see a doctor. When he asked about my lifestyle, he eventually came to the conclusion that chewing gum all day long had caused my to have stomach cramps and that if I wasn’t careful I would end up with stomach ulcers”. We are happy to say that now this guy uses ProFresh, he doesn’t need to spend all day chewing gum!

A survey on people with halitosis reported that 34% of participants were hesitant about speaking to others and 12.6% completely avoided others. Bad breath is a huge social issue, it causes embarrassment and creates a social barrier between themselves and their loved ones, relatives, friends and colleagues.

If you suffer from bad breath or halitosis, read more about the causes of bad breath and how to get rid of bad breath on our other pages. If you wish to buy ProFresh to eliminate this embarrassing issue, go straight to our ProFresh Shop or our sister store Healthcare Innovations.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from ProFresh UK, we hope you enjoyed the Christmas break.
Make Oral Health one of your New Years Resolutions

Most people see the New Year as a time to lose weight, start a new career or join the gym. Why not see 2016 as the year you really get on top of your oral health and beat bad breath for good. If we are honest, we might not be doing all we can to combat the bacteria that causes bad breath, our oral routine might slip, or we continue to eat food or consume drinks we know make bad breath worse.

We have put together a few tips to stop bad breath and oral care issues causing you worry or anxiety again.

1 . Tongue Scrape

There is so much bacteria on the back of your tongue and this bacteria feeds on the food you eat and this is what causes bad breath. Scrape away the bacteria with a tongue scraper. For the sake of a minute or two every day you will start to see and feel the huge benefit of this simple hygiene trick.

2. Drink Water

Drinking water doesn’t just hydrate your body, it washes away any particles of food left in your mouth. Having a dry mouth causes bad breath too as the lack of saliva means bacteria can thrive. You can also increase your water intake by eating more fruit and vegetables .

3. Use an alcohol free Mouth Wash

Using a mouth wash with alcohol simply dries the mouth and reduces the amount of bad breath busting bacteria. ProFresh Mouth Wash contains no alcohol, it simply helps gets rid of the bacteria that causes bad breath.

4. Floss

Up there with tongue scraping, ensure you floss between your teeth once a day to get rid of food debris that will break down and rot in your mouth. Either use traditional floss or a super efficient water flosser such as the WaterPik.

5. Stop Smoking

Apart from the obvious damage to your health, smoking makes your teeth yellow and makes your breath smell like an ashtray.

Let ProFresh help you make oral care part of your new healthy routine for 2016.