5 Important Facts You Should Know About Flossing 288

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This is a guest post by Christian Mills, a family man and freelance writer who strongly promotes living a healthy lifestyle.

Despite being as hard as diamonds, your teeth can go through a lot of wear and tear over their lifetime, and this will inevitably lead to some kind of damage at some point or another. Keeping your teeth clean is the most fundamental part of keeping them in shape.

While brushing certainly cleans the bulk of the grime that can accumulate over time, however, it’s only good for so much, and your toothbrush will not reach many parts of your teeth. As such, flossing is an important part of your daily oral hygiene routines.

Flossing helps remove trapped food and plaque that can get stuck in between the teeth and gums, areas where brushing just isn’t good enough. However, there is a lot more to it than simply tweaking dental floss between your teeth each day.

1. Flossing Should be Done At Least Once a Day.

Ideally you should floss after every meal so that trapped food can quickly be removed before they started to damage your teeth, however, that isn’t always practical.

If you’re sharing a meal with work colleagues, for example, you may not be able to find the opportunity to slip away to clean your teeth. Many people, therefore, choose to floss at least once or twice a day, typically either when they wake up in the morning or before they go to bed.

However, what’s not always realized is that it doesn’t really matter when you floss your teeth. While immediately after eating is ideal, you can floss once a day and still maintain effective oral hygiene. As long as you actually floss!

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2. Flossing Should Not Be Painful.

If you find flossing painful at all, then you’re probably doing it incorrectly.

While it may definitely feel odd, or even a little uncomfortable, when you first start, after a few weeks of routine flossing that sensation should end. If it actually hurts, consider adjusting your flossing technique until it’s more comfortable. If necessary, try practicing the motions slowly before actually cleaning your teeth so you can find a flossing technique that works for you.

Also, at your next dental appointment mention to your dentist your difficulty with flossing. Most dentist, like Dr. Johnson at Premier Smile, should be able to teach you a flossing technique that works best for you.

3. You Can Floss Too Hard and Too Much.

You should try to make sure you do actually clean between your teeth when flossing, and that you do it regularly enough that there’s no prolonged build up.

Flossing is so important that even the Federal Government says everyone should do it.

However, flossing too hard, or too frequently, can actually damage your teeth as well by wearing down the tooth enamel or damaging your gums. Damage to the gums especially can be problematic, as it creates open wounds that the bacteria in your mouth and food can infect.

Repeating what’s been said above, never floss to a degree that is painful. Always try to be firm enough that you’re actually cleaning your teeth, yet gentle enough that no damage is caused.

4. Flossing Can Be Done Anywhere.

Do not assume you can only floss in a bathroom. With some resourcefulness and creativity, you can find a space to floss just about anywhere.

Place a floss dispenser in the glove compartment of your car, your handbag or wallet, or a drawer in your desk at work so that you always have an opportunity to clean your teeth out.

Naturally, try to do this in private. No one wants to see you extract your lunch from between your teeth, thank you very much.

5. Floss Before You Brush Your Teeth.

It’s thought that flossing before you brush your teeth can help fluoride get between your teeth and more efficiently strengthen the tooth enamel.

Certainly cleaning out between your teeth can help clear out food fragments that may inhibit the effectiveness of your toothpaste while also prepping your mouth.

As such, if you feel that your usual brushing technique isn’t working as it should be, consider flossing beforehand to give it a little extra help.

Your dental hygiene depends on building flossing as a habit.

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How Your Home Affects Your Mental Health and Mood 34

How Your Home Affects Your Mental Health and Mood

As the seasons change, so can your mood. Your mental health is dependent on many factors like environment, susceptibility, relationships. But what about the home you live in?

It is suggested that having more unrestricted spaces and open concepts would be more beneficial to our mental health because it would allow our minds to create multiple paths and perspective about the world around us, potentially strengthening intellectual abilities.

For a better understanding of how the structures around us affect our mental health, researchers are looking into the benefits and shortfalls of raising children in more open versus enclosed spaces.

Few points to be taken care of if your home is affecting your mental health:

1. Clean equals calm.

The surroundings in which you live should be neat and clean. If you live in clean surroundings, you are going to relax your mind and feel good.

2. Embrace small and cramped.

Even if you live in a small apartment, you should make your stay an enjoyable one. You can design your small home with elegant furniture which you can find on the online portal Urban Ladder.

Also, embrace your house with coordinating colors and then see you will love your small living area as well.

3. Light it up.

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Most people are sensitive to light. Some people like to live in dark and others like to live in full light. Those who live in dark are prone to remain sad most of the times. So try to live in the places full of light.

Sunlight changes your mood so incorporate the sunshine into your daily life. Spend some time in the open sunlight.

4. Set up for sleep.

Sleep plays a very important part in our lives. If you get proper sleep, you will be able to remain happy.

Make sure you have a dark environment to sleep, be it in the night or day. Because darkness helps in making you sleep properly and wake up in a happy mode.

5. Room wisely.

Roommates can be either positive or negative. So you need to choose a room partner very wisely.

If you start living with a negative person, you are going to compromise with your mental health and can bother yourselves. So instead of hampering your mind and health, it’s better to choose a proper roommate for you.

6. Paint your way to a smile.

Choose soft colors for the wall paint as they soothe your eyes and mind.

7. Break-ups may require a break from your apartment.

If you have been living with a partner for a longer period of time in an apartment and somehow you break up with that person, the memories are going to hamper your mental health. So it would be better if you also take a break from your apartment and change your apartment.

8. Choosing a color.

Remember, all colors can affect your mood, behavior and stress levels. Choosing the color of your office, your clothes or your desktop should not be taken lightly. They do affect our moods and productivity.

However, colors are not the only thing that affects us. But, when you are given the choice, pick a color that will work with you and not against you.

At the end, we would like to tell you all your mental health depends completely upon the surrounding you live in so make some efforts to bring some positive changes in the surroundings and notice the real change in you.