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Why do you need to floss every day?

Jul 22, 2021

In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”

- Tony Robbins

We all know good habits are important to our self care and achieving goals. But how do we get there? 

Consistent repetition > to build the routine  > to make the habit >to make the long-term change

Make your bed, brush your teeth, drink your water, meditate, take your vitamins, floss, exercise… all habits to better yourself and your surroundings. At RADIUS®, we hone in on healthy oral care routines because it’s at the core of our mission to make exceptional products for a better every day for you and for the planet.


Is brushing enough? The short answer is no, brushing alone is not enough. It simply doesn’t get to all the bacteria in all the places in your mouth. 

Think about the surfaces, or sides of each of your teeth. There’s a left side, right side, front, back and top of your teeth. When you brush, it’s safe to say you get the front, back and top of your teeth. But, what about the sides - the in between? They don’t magically get cleaned. In fact, every time you eat, sticky bacteria from food is probably finding a home in between your teeth. Sticky bacteria, plus an overnight stay is a formula for plaque, cavities, and bad breath.

floss dental problem

I’ll take dental problems for $100, Alex. 

The condition where accumulation of plaque and tartar at the gum line leads to red, swollen gums that bleed easily. 

What is gingivitis? You bet. 

Bonus question: How fast can plaque harden on your tooth? If you said 24 to 36 hours, you nailed it. 

That plaque generates acid. And, that acid contributes to cavities. And, those cavities contribute to really uncomfortable and costly dental office visits. Flossing and brushing DAILY helps you avoid gingivitis, which can later advance to periodontitis and bone loss.



The good news is that flossing daily is a really easy habit to build. Let’s assume you have a bedtime routine. Maybe you remove your jewelry, wash your face, brush your teeth, read and lights out. Try habit stacking. Stack a new habit onto your existing habit and within no time, it’s part of your routine. For example, to add flossing to your bedtime routine, first commit to yourself, then set yourself up for success. 

Place your floss next to your toothbrush or toothpaste. Before your brush, grab the floss. It truly only takes a quick minute and is so worth it to get your teeth clean before you sleep.  Before you know it your new routine is: jewelry, wash, floss, brush, read, lights out. Boom. You just habit stacked and made your mouth so much cleaner and happier! 


RADIUS® makes floss options that give you a gentle glide in between your teeth without any harsh chemicals. 

NATURAL BIODEGRADABLE SILK FLOSS: Made with pure silk and toxin free, it’s spun on small machines at the CORSEDA Fair Trade Co-op in Colombia. It’s available unscented, with wax spun in candelilla wax, and Green Tea Jasmine, which is spun in carnauba wax from the Southwestern US desert.

VEGAN SPONGE FLOSS: Coated with organic carnauba wax, our Vegan sponge floss has organic coconut oil and erythritol to help prevent cavities and remove plaque. It’s available in: Peppermint, Vanilla Mint, and Clove Cardamom.

VEGAN XYLITOL FLOSS SACHETS: Once you get a hold of these portable on-the-go sachets you will wonder why it took you so long to build a daily floss routine. To use, tear down the center of the small paper packet sachet for a perfectly measured floss attached to the two ends of the paper. The edges of the paper packaging protect your fingers as you roll the floss around them to floss. So simple and convenient if you are on the go. It’s available in: mint, silk, and cranberry.

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With these planet-friendly flosses that feel great on your teeth, there’s no excuse to let one day go by with food bacteria sleeping on your teeth. Work these little miracle workers into your day, and your smile will reward you for it. 

Remember, it’s not a thing we do once in a while that really shapes us, it’s the things we do consistently.