Whether you should floss, there has always been doubted about dental hygiene.

Flossing requires patience and a lot of application in order to properly clean one’s teeth. It also takes time, which shows how some people frown upon the process and would rather spend their time doing something else. With so many variables, it’s difficult to come up with a plan on how best to go about flossing your teeth. This article lays out the most effective way to clean your teeth by flossing and is a must-read if you are prone to over-flossing.

When it comes to flossing, you might be tempted to skip it and go straight to brushing. However, you should know that there are benefits to flossing first before brushing. Here are their benefits:

  1. Cleans your teeth further than the bristles of your toothbrush can do.

2.) Flossing can remove plaque that is stuck between the teeth, which a toothbrush cannot reach.

       3.) Prevents bad breath and other gum problems, which brushing alone can’t prevent.

        4.) Flossing can break down food particles stuck in between your teeth, especially if you are eating something sticky or chewy.

Dental history has plenty of tales that seem too strange to be true. But what’s striking is how many being difficult to dismiss. Some methods of keeping clean teeth in ancient times were feathers, porcupine quills, and animal bones. None of these are missed dearly because they would not have been easy to use. But it’s not the same for the “chew stick.” This plant twig is changed to look like a toothbrush and is used for oral hygiene. Regardless of its agelessness, the miswak or chew stick is still used in parts of Africa today.

People from the Middle Ages had developed a regular dental hygiene routine. Contrary to the stereotype of the toothless-peasant, they are actually quite remarkable. The custom of the day involved brushing teeth with cloth, combined with salt and herbs, and adding sage to freshen. Medieval people were relatively healthy thanks to their dental hygiene and diet. Tooth decay is shown in only a few samples.

Bristle brushes have been around for centuries as well. They made their way into the Western world in the 1600s. They were not accepted at first. Pierre Fauchard, the revered “father of modern dentistry,” was wise to recommend braces and avoiding sugar. He also preferred using toothpicks over toothbrushes or a wet sponge soaked in water or brandy while brushing.

Various disagreements on hygiene are centuries old and doubtless mirror our own. For instance, some scientists may claim flossing is an “unreliable” yet “weak” form of supporting dental hygiene. Dentists have a lot of anecdotal evidence in favour of their practice and treating bad breath.