Flossing and Bad Breath

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?oral b essential floss single

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 Mouth 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.