Myths vs. Facts
There are many myths surrounding flossing that can discourage people from making it a regular part of their oral hygiene routine. Here are some of the most common myths and the facts that dispel them:
Myth: Flossing is only necessary if there's something stuck between your teeth.
Fact: Flossing removes plaque and bacteria from between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Even if there's nothing visibly stuck, there could still be harmful bacteria lurking in those tight spaces.
Myth: Flossing is painful and can damage gums.
Fact: Flossing shouldn't be painful if done correctly. It's important to use a gentle back-and-forth motion and avoid snapping the floss into the gums. Proper flossing technique can actually improve gum health.
Myth: Flossing is time-consuming and inconvenient.
Fact: Flossing only takes a few minutes and can be done while watching TV or listening to music. The benefits of flossing far outweigh the minor inconvenience.