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Flossing can be a viable alternative when brushing isn't possible
Updated: 1/12/2011 2:59:50 PM

Flossing can be a great option when brushing isn As winter subsides, camping season begins to open up in late February and March in many state parks. Some outdoors enthusiasts may be unexpectedly confronted with a lack of fresh water.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, creeks and rivers can be contaminated with viruses, bacteria and parasites, making their water highly unsafe for drinking. Moreover, campground facilities may not necessarily have fresh well water.

If purification or boiling equipment is not available, one might have to opt for creative hygiene and dental care routines. Without sanitary water, brushing one's teeth may not be viable. Dental floss, however, can provide an intermediary solution.

Some dentists claim that flossing can be effective in keeping gums and teeth healthy when brushing is not an option. Flossing properly can eliminate trapped debris and food that toothbrushes can't even reach, according to the American Dental Association.

Floss might also be utilized to clean the tongue, in much the same way a tongue scraper is used.

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