Benefits of dental floss
People widely use dental floss nowadays to remove the bacteria and plaque from your teeth. It is basically used to clear bacteria between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. The best time to use dental floss is just before brushing your teeth. It will help the fluoride in your toothpaste to reach every corner of your mouth. It is also important to floss in a proper manner as inexperience in this may lead to tooth breaking and fractures.
Should I reuse the floss?
However, it is recommended to use floss only once and dispose off after using it. If reused, the condition of the floss will also deteriorate and worse off. Most importantly, if saved for further use, it will also pick up the bacteria from the place where it was stored. You won’t be able to save a high amount of money as the floss is not really expensive.
Reusing floss will also lead to diseases that are really harmful to your oral health. These include gum diseases and tooth decay. If you are already suffering from gum disease, reusing floss can cause it to spread throughout your mouth. There are times when your floss looks clean but there are microscopic bacteria that should stay away from your mouth. These bacteria are colorful when looked through a microscope and can’t be seen with a naked eye.
The reused floss will lose its effectiveness and distribute bacteria to other parts of your mouth. The most interesting thing is that the floss that you have used to clean your teeth can further be used in other aspects. You can use it as a wire to hang things on the wall or using it as a shoelace until you buy a new one.
The bottom line is that after hearing all this, you should never use your floss repeatedly. Book an appointment and talk to your dentist about this to learn more about why reusing floss is a bad idea.