I'm Not A Dentist, But I Sure As Hell Recommend Daily Flossing

Some people want world peace. I want world flossing.
Publish date:
July 8, 2013
teeth, flossing, hygiene, gums

Let's get back to basics. Really basic. So basic that we’re talking about something that can fall under the category of BASIC HYGIENE.

Yep, I’m talking about flossing, and how you need to be doing it daily.

What typically makes someone perceived as beautiful? The answer is pretty much the same as what traits make someone perceived as youthful. Big eyes; clean, luminous skin; strong, shiny hair; full, soft lips… but what about a great smile? Teeth are important, and flossing in particular is a great way to make your smile look its best.

The best and most immediate benefit of flossing for beauty is that it boosts circulation in your mouth and gives you a cleaner, brighter smile overall. In Jane’s interview with Into The Gloss, she mentioned that before making public appearances, she will physically stretch her mouth for a wider, Julia Roberts smile. Flossing works in a similar way to make you smile wider because it increases circulation in areas that were previously being ignored, like the back of your mouth, in between your teeth.

Flossing all 28 teeth gives your circulation a great boost and you will find your lips appear plumper and your smile wider. Imagine: you’re directing blood flow straight to your mouth. You may even notice you feel your mouth more. That's gotta be due to good blood flow!

Flossing is like the gift that keeps on giving in terms of health benefits. It decreases your risk for gingivitis, gum disease, receding gums, cavities, tooth extractions, root canals--you name it! Even heart health has correlations to flossing. Studies have shown that people who floss live longer, and I’m guessing they--throwback to the last paragraph--smile wider. They have less bacteria in their mouths, so they ought to.

One of the more unpleasant aspects that make people shy away from flossing is bleeding, but bleeding is actually a sign that you should be flossing more often. If I take an inadvertent break from flossing due to laziness or simply running out of floss at 11pm, I tend to bleed when I start flossing again. Not a lot, but I think enough to dissuade people who, for instance, may hate the sight of any blood whatsoever. (I wonder what these people do about periods.)

But then, the next day, I will not bleed at all. The moral of the story here is the more you floss, the less it will make you spit blood like a professional boxer. Trust me, it’s worth it. No pain, no gain, right?

I have observed that people have pretty polar habits when it comes to flossing. Some always do, some never do. Some floss sometimes, some floss only on days when they see a dentist or if they feel something caught in their teeth. But everyone should every day.

My advice to the never-flossers: Flossing a few times a week still better than never doing it at all. Even for the aspirational daily flossers, don’t get down on yourself if you forget to floss once in a while, because by flossing as much as you remember, you’re still doing a better job than the majority of people. (Except if you do it in public. Please don’t do that.)

Seriously. My message to the world is floss daily! (And if you forget, keep trying! You’re doing yourself a huge favor.)

Do YOU floss daily? Never? On weekends? Confess.