Your dentist and hygienist probably mention flossing all the time, asking how often you do it and highlighting the fact that you should floss on a daily basis. Here at Mouth Matters, we often wonder if patients walk away from their appointments questioning whether flossing really is that important… it’s only a piece of string after all, it can’t make that much difference to oral health, can it?
The answer is, unequivocally, yes it can! Think about it, when you wash your car you don’t miss out the wheels, and when you clean the bathroom you don’t skip the bathtub… it just wouldn’t make sense! Flossing is no different because it helps to clean the areas and tooth surfaces that your toothbrush can’t reach. In fact, it has been estimated that not flossing will leave around 30% of tooth surfaces unclean, now that’s food for thought!
As clean as a whistle!
The spaces in between the teeth provide perfect little hiding spots for bacteria to lurk in, which can lead to plaque build up if left alone. This can cause gum disease – the leading cause of tooth loss – and also cavities between the teeth. Using floss, or other interdental tools, can reduce this plaque build up in between your regular dental hygiene appointments, helping to keep your oral health at an optimum level!
For some people, using dental floss can be tricky or time consuming for a variety of reasons. Here at Mouth Matters we are on hand to help our patients find the right tools and techniques to really get those nooks and crannies as clean as a whistle. If you’d like to discover the best way to floss, just book a dental hygiene appointment by calling 01244 343 353 today!