Is flossing harmful to the gums, or essential?

This is part six in a continuing series of an interview I had with OraWellness.

Part One: Why is gum disease prevalent even though we brush regularly?
Part Two: Is it possible to remineralize our teeth? And a word on oil pulling…
Part Three: What causes bad breath, and how do I get rid of it?
Part Four: How important is diet when it comes to teeth health?
Part Five: What is the best way to heal receding gums?

Today we discuss flossing and how it affects our gums.

Nourishing Treasures: Do you think flossing is harmful to gums, or essential?

Ora Wellness: Oh this is a great question because it brings to light what we consider to be the missing link for so many from being able to create optimal oral health: awareness.

You see, flossing in and of itself isnʼt harmful or essential. What matters is how aware we are when we floss (or brush for that matter). IF (thatʼs the important part), if we apply awareness while we floss, flossing is a very important part to navigate to greater oral health because floss specifically gets into gum pockets where brushing canʼt.

Nourishing Treasures: That makes a lot of sense. I like to be right in front of the mirror so I can see what’s going on and make sure I am getting where I want to go.

How does gum disease “take root?”

Ora Wellness: Gum disease generally gets going between the molars first. Once established between the molars, gum disease quietly continues its colonization efforts to the whole mouth.

Nourishing Treasures: That’s really scary. What is the best way to get rid of them?

Ora Wellness: Floss is a unique tool to effectively disrupt and disorganize the bad bugs between the molars. In fact, we recently posted an article that details a scientific study that strongly suggests that regular flossing reduces the risks of heart disease.

If however, we were taught (unfortunately like so many people we work with) that you should floss your teeth until you see blood, then the lack of health giving information takes this very effective habit of flossing and turns flossing into a very harmful action on sensitive gum tissue.

We plan to make a video tutorial soon showing how to floss effectively without causing any damage to gum tissue.

Nourishing Treasures: I look forward to that video!

Readers – make sure you check out that article they referenced, Does regular oral hygiene lower risk of heart attack? – it’s an amazing read.

About the authors: Will and Susan Revak are the founders of OraWellness. They help empower others to take control of their oral health with toxin free oral health products and simple homemade solutions. They started OraWellness as a way to share how Susan successfully recovered from advanced gum disease over 15 years ago. Click here to read Susanʼs story. Their spearhead product is a toothpaste alternative made with 100% organic and wild crafted ingredients. You can find several FREE video tutorials and downloads to help you along your path to greater oral health at

I hope you liked this article. This is the sixth of several interview questions I asked Ora Wellness. Stay tuned next week when Ora Wellness answers the question, “How does the Bass technique differ from the method most Americans use to brush their teeth, and how is this method more effective?”

Ora Wellness supplied me with their Brushing Blend and I absolutely LOVE it. It’s a blend of bad bacteria-bashing teeth-healthy essential oils (such as cloves, cinnamon, and myrrh) in a base of almond oil. I love that I don’t have a mouthful of lather – my kids love it, too! It’s a great breath freshener.

Ora Wellness has offered Nourishing Treasures readers a FREE Bass toothbrush with your order of OraWellness Brushing Blend. ONLY when you write “Nourishing Treasures free brush offer” in the customer note section during checkout.

*One free toothbrush per order, not per bottle of brushing blend.

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Lea Harris founded Nourishing Treasures in 2006. A mom passionate about her family's health and well-being, Lea believes education is power. Encouraging others to take baby steps in the right direction of health for their families, Lea's goal is to raise awareness of what goes into our mouths and on our bodies, providing natural alternative information that promotes health and prevents disease by using traditional foods and nature's medicine.

Lea is a Certified Health Coach graduate from Beyond Organic University, and a Certified Aromatherapist graduate from Aromahead Institute.

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