A recent information report from Associated Press said that experts in hygiene and health had said that there were no actual benefits from flossing after eating. If you do not floss, how are you going to clean between your teeth?

The report continued to say that there was no evidence that flossing produced any benefits and that the U.S. government had removed its notice to floss after meals from its dietary guidelines. In a short questionnaire Live Science asked experts on health and dental hygiene and medicine if it would be okay not to floss after meals and these are the responses received:

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The fact that there is no evidence that proves that flossing is necessary does not mean that we should not do it. When you floss you remove waste and grime from your teeth, it is easy and cheap to do, so why not continue doing it.

There is no danger in do it anyway, said Dr. Tim Iafolla a health analyst and dentist from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. He also said that he tells his patients to floss because when he examines someone’s teeth, he knows who flosses and who doesn’t.

You could be doing it wrong

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If you feel pain or draw blood when you floss, you are doing it too hard. The point of flossing is to remove waste, bacteria and plaque from the tooth not to dig under the gums. All you have to do is wrap the floss around the tooth and move it gently up and down until everything is out.

Removing plaque and food from in between your teeth is something you must do every day but you must do it with care and following your doctor’s instructions. If you do so permanently you will notice the difference the next time you visit the dentist and he will too. Removing plaque everytime you eat is something good and everyone should do it.

The tooth has five surfaces which should be properly cleaned says Dr. Tim Pruett from Tavares, Florida. He is a dentists and he invented the Flossoluton which is a sonic, electric system you use to floss.

The surfaces mentioned above are the front, back and bottom which is cleaned with the toothbrush and the spaces in between teeth which are cleaned by flossing. Flossing does not cure anything; it is a way to prevent the teeth from rotting because of bacteria accumulated between them. Flossing also prevents gingivitis which originates from the same bacterial presence between teeth.

Bottom line

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The mechanical cleaning or flossing between the teeth is vital to eliminate gunk, plaque, waste or anything else between your teeth to prevent the inflammation of your gums and tooth decay caused by the accumulation of bacteria. On the other hand, if you are digging the floss between the tooth and the gum, you are hurting your gum’s edges, so don’t floss. To be effective and positive it must be done correctly.

Oral hygiene problems will be prevented if you brush and floss your teeth correctly regularly; there is no doubt about this. If you want all your teeth to live long, happy lives inside your mouth, you have to practice regular oral hygiene and that includes brushing and flossing your teeth.