Black Friday is also National Flossing Day

black friday is national flossing day

While retailers call the day after Thanksgiving Black Friday, it’s also National Flossing Day. Considering how few people floss their teeth as they should, it’s not surprising that National Flossing Day isn’t as publicized as Black Friday. However, regular flossing is essential to great oral hygiene, and as your teeth will last far longer than any flash sales, they deserve proper care.

Highly preventative but unpopular

Along with twice-daily tooth brushing, flossing is the best prevention for tooth decay and gum disease. Unfortunately, flossing isn’t popular as proven in a study that stated almost 30% of adults in American lie about their flossing frequency. That same study revealed that nearly 40% of Americans would rather clean the toilet or wash dirty dishes than floss their teeth. While many people dread and avoid flossing, it doesn’t deserve such an unpleasant reputation and provides many important oral health benefits.

Battle bad breath

One of the main causes of bad breath is decaying food particles stuck between the teeth. These food particles can’t be removed without normal flossing, and as they remain between the teeth, they release foul-smelling, sulfurous compounds, isovaleric acid that smells like sweat, putrescine that smells like rotten meat and other unpleasant elements that lead to bad breath. Flossing at least once a day removes these food particles and reduces the chances of bad breath.

Help prevent cavities

Nightly flossing can help people avoid cavities because it removes the food particles and bacteria between the teeth that brushing can’t reach. When acids, bacteria, food particles and saliva come together, it creates plaque, and that plaque eats away at teeth causing decay, sensitivity and toothaches. Flossing between teeth helps prevent plaque from forming in hard to see areas and also prevents it from reaching the tooth pulp where it can cause damage and pain.

Reduce risk of gum disease

When plaque builds up along the gum line from not flossing, it can lead to one of the early stages of gum disease called gingivitis. Gingivitis causes inflammation and without treatment, can progress into gum disease. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, eats away at the bone and soft tissues in the mouth, which can lead to tooth loss and health issues. The longer plaque remains trapped between teeth, the more likely it will develop into tartar that only a dentist can remove. Flossing daily reduces the risk of developing gingivitis and gum disease by cleaning between the teeth to remove food particles and bacteria.

If you’re not flossing as often as you should, you’re obviously not alone, but National Flossing Day is a great time to start taking better care of your oral health by performing this important daily task after enduring a day of Black Friday mayhem. Ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy and bright with regular visits to Chianese Dental.

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