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The F word… FLOSSING

As dental professionals, we all know how important flossing is for your gum health, but can you guess what percentage of patients actually floss daily?

Or what floss was made of back in the day?

Here are some fun floss facts you can share with your friends and family.

To Floss or not to Floss
Brushing alone only cleans about 60% of your teeth, so please do not forget to floss!

What is that in meters?
You should use 18″ of string when you floss. If you used 18″ of floss every day, in one year you’d use over 547ft of floss. That’s about the size of the BT Tower.

Billion? With a “B”?
There are an estimated 300 different species of bacteria living inside our mouth (totalling a billion or more at any given time) and brushing and flossing daily help keep these disease-causing bacteria from reproducing in your mouth.

From the horses mouth!
It’s widely accepted that horse hair was used as the first type of dental floss, as well as twigs for early toothpicks!

Room for improvement!
The majority of individuals in all age groups do not tend to floss their teeth. Older individuals are more likely to floss than younger individuals, with 37 percent of those aged 55 and over claiming to do so, compared to just 18 percent of 18 to 24 year olds.

Well, there you have it!
According to this research by the Journal of Periodontology, we should floss before brushing. Flossing not only improves gum health but also reduces risk of tooth decay.

For instructions on How to Floss see our Oral Hygiene Guide.

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