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Flossing, do we really have to?

24th March 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flossing is almost like a comical game of cat and mouse… your dentist tells you to do it, you promise you will everyday, and then you promptly forget all about it until the day before your next appointment… sound familiar?

If this sounds like you, you’re definitely not alone. There just seems to be something about flossing that most of us can’t get on board with. Whether it’s too tricky, too time consuming, or you just don’t see the point of it, flossing often drops off the radar for many of us.

However, flossing is just as important as tooth brushing, if not more so. This is because it effectively cleans all of the spaces and surfaces that your toothbrush can’t reach. Your toothbrush simply can’t get in between the teeth to remove trapped food and bacteria, which is where your trusty dental floss comes in. By flossing you will be cleaning a much larger percentage of your mouth, which is absolutely crucial for achieving excellent oral health and warding off gum disease.

Flossing – we can help

If you find flossing too fiddly, or you just can’t seem to get the hang of it, tell us. Our dental team has a wide range of tools and tricks at their fingertips that you can use to help find the right technique for your personal needs. You might be better with dental tape, interdental brushes, a waterjet, or a mixture of a few to help you to effectively clean different areas of the mouth. We promise you one thing, once you introduce flossing everyday you will see and feel the difference!

Let’s back to the original question, do we really have to floss? The answer is a resounding yes! If you’d like some advice on the best way to introduce it, easily, to your everyday oral health regime, just ask us at your next appointment!