If you’re like most dental patients, you might think brushing by itself does a good job when trying to ward off cavities. Certainly, brushing twice a day is extremely important when it comes to good oral hygiene. But, the problem is, you’re not reaching the cavity causing bacteria if all you do is brush. The fact is, you miss cleaning 35% of your tooth surfaces if you aren’t flossing.
Sure, you know a toothbrush gently removes the plaque from your teeth through the use of toothpaste and fluoride. But the toothbrush bristles can’t reach where most of the plaque likes to hide. – in between your teeth and under the gums! This is exactly why flossing is such a big deal.
If you’re flossing properly then you’re reaching those tight cracks and spaces in between your teeth and under your gums. These are the areas your toothbrush can’t reach. Plus, with less between your teeth, the fluoride in your toothpaste can reach in there and do more to protect what was previously blocked by plaque.
If you’re not sure how to floss properly, any dental hygienist or dentist should be able to give you instructions on the proper way to floss. If they can’t…you should find a new dentist!
It just can’t be stressed enough how important flossing is to the overall health of your mouth.
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