Besides that it keeps the teeth clean, flossing is one of the most important factors in the prevention of gum disease which became a very spread disease affecting more than 50% of the population. Gum disease is a bacterial infection and all infections are cause for concern. Periodontal bacteria can enter the blood stream and travel to major organs and begin new infections. New researches have determined that people with periodontal disease are at higher risk for developing heart disease, stroke, uncontrolled diabetes, preterm births and respiratory disease.

Flossing regularly keeps the surfaces of the teeth that are inaccessible to a toothbrush clean. It also prevents the accumulation of plaque and debris in between the teeth and gums. It lowers incidence of bad breath. Besides removing plaque in between teeth regular flossing also polishes tooth surfaces.

Floss can be waxed or unwaxed, flavored and unflavored, wide and regular. Any type is useful in keeping the teeth healthy and we should introduce them in our every day’s routine.