People are always trying new things that can make their lives easier. That’s why you often encounter new hacks for everything. We want everything to be quicker, better, and more accessible.
With that said, a new tooth floss trend has arisen from social media. Surprisingly, people have now started to floss their teeth with their hair.
Yes, you read that right.
According to some of the people who manifested that they use hair to floss, a big reason why they use it it’s because of how convenient it is.
This user on TikTok has over 400K followers and has made a few videos about her hair flossing habit. In it, she admits that she is so used to flossing with hair, it might just be a little bit too hard to stop it.
In this short skit, she implies that she is aware that flossing with her hair isn’t entirely practical.
This is pretty accurate to the fact that flossing with hair might compromise your oral health. Don’t get us wrong, flossing it’s super important for your oral health, but only if you have the right tools.
It is understandable that something could get in between your teeth all of a sudden and might even seem like an emergency, but it’s best to prepare and bring floss with you.
It is common for people to get into the habit of using things to clean their teeth that cause more damage than they think. Fingernails, folded paper, cutlery, and safety pins should not go near the mouth, yet they are the first choice for many.
If that wasn’t enough, it is also worrying that many people don’t even include tooth floss in their routines.
Flossing With Hair Vs. Using Dental Floss
Although it may seem pretty self-explanatory, we should compare how truly convenient it is to use your hair versus going for dental floss.
A user on the platform Reddit who goes by u/Bethsket has offered a mini-tutorial on how they clean in between their teeth:
- First, pull a strand of hair that is not attached to your head (doing so could be painful, imagine pulling out hair every time you need to floss). Dead hair is always better.
- If your hair is thick, that’s good news. You just need one string. On the other hand, if your hair is more on the weaker side, there’s a chance you experience some breakage. A solution for this is to pull out two strings and give it a try.
- If you have very tight teeth, it might get a little complicated, but the last step is to floss as you would usually do.
As you can see, flossing with hair is quite simple. Just pull a strand of hair, and you don’t even have to walk four steps to the bathroom to grab your tooth floss. It can be exhausting.
However, as simple as it might be, there are some downsides to it. If your hair is not thick enough, it can get stuck, which won’t be a pleasant sensation, and it might even hurt your gums.
Not to mention that hair just exists to be on your head, not clean your teeth. So how do you clean your teeth with dental floss? Let’s see how the process compares:
- First, take around 24 inches of dental floss and cut it off. To handle the floss better, wrap a good length of it around both of your middle fingers. You should only leave around 2 inches of floss between your teeth.
- Using your thumbs and index fingers, hold the piece of floss in place.
- Then, place the dental floss between two teeth. Start to gently move the floss up and down each tooth, pressing it against both surfaces. Glide the floss between your teeth rather than into your gums.
- As the floss reaches your gums, curve the floss at the tooth’s base. This will help you get the floss to enter the space between your gums and your tooth.
- Repeat the process in every tooth you clean. Make sure to use a new, clean section of floss for each tooth.
Now, the huge difference between hair and floss (besides the fact that floss has the seal of approval from the American Association) is that you don’t have to worry about any breakage. Plus, it will actually clean your teeth the way it is supposed to.
This tool is specifically designed to ensure effective cleaning of your mouth. Of course, we can’t forget that hair is pretty much free, whereas tooth floss will cost you money.
But how about we put it into perspective. Is it better to spend a few dollars on dental floss now or spend thousands in the future trying to fix your teeth because you used hair to clean them?
That’s quite the difference.
What Are The Benefits of Flossing?
If you do it right, flossing can benefit your oral health enormously. Although it may seem not that vital for your routine, these are some of the benefits:
Prevents bad breath
Food particles stuck between teeth and along the gum line may contain bacteria that emit a foul odor. Flossing can eliminate bad smells from your mouth while also keeping your breath fresh and your teeth free of unattractive food particles.
Prevents gum disease
Gum disease causes inflammation and infection to your gums. It develops as plaque steadily eats away at and erodes your fragile gum tissue. Periodontitis is nothing but a more advanced form of gum disease. It can lead to tooth damage and root canal problems. Flossing the germs at the base of your teeth (the most vulnerable part of the gums) is an excellent deterrent to plaque build-up.
Plaque can build up on your teeth in a matter of minutes. If you don’t eliminate it, plaque can harden into tartar. Flossing on a daily basis will help eliminate plaque from between your teeth and prevent tartar from forming at the gum line.
Brushing isn’t enough
Brushing your teeth but not flossing leaves too much uncleaned. When you merely wash your teeth and don’t floss, up to 35% of your teeth’ surfaces remain dirty. That’s because your toothbrush’s bristles can only go so far. Unlike a toothbrush, dental floss can effectively dislodge food and germs that get caught between your teeth and gums.
What Are Your Dental Floss Options?
The number of options for something as simple as dental floss can be confusing for some, but as long as you make sure to use it every day, you can’t go wrong. Here are some of the options you can choose from:
Waxed floss: this is a wax-coated nylon floss. It is less prone to break, and it’s ideal for bigger spaces in between the teeth.
Unwaxed floss: it is a thin nylon floss made up of around 35 twisted strands. If your teeth are close together, it fits into narrow crevices.
Dental tape: it is waxed or unwaxed floss that is broader and flatter than other regular flosses. It is often more comfortable to use than conventional floss for people with more space between their teeth.
Super floss: this floss has a better design to clean around braces or dental bridges.
If you’re interested in learning more and want to stick to an oral cleaning routine that cleans your teeth effectively, consider giving us a call or filling out the form on this website to schedule your appointment.
An experienced dentist in Tijuana will work with you to achieve the results you want for your smile, so you don’t have to resort to dangerous hacks and trends that do more harm than good.