Poor oral hygiene can lead to significant health conditions within your mouth and the rest of your body. These health conditions include tooth decay, gum disease and infections — to name a few. Increasingly, research is showing a substantial link between poor oral hygiene and systemic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, increased risk of stroke and even dementia.
Although proper brushing removes the vast majority of bacteria within the mouth, there are still areas where the bristles do not reach. These areas are in between the teeth. The most commonly used product to clean your teeth is floss. However, the majority of people who use floss use it incorrectly. The floss should be wrapped around each tooth in a C-shape.