You’ve heard it since you learned how to brush your teeth. Brush, floss, and rinse.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), cleaners that go in between teeth, such as floss, are an essential tool when it comes to taking care of your teeth and gums.
Cleaning in between teeth is as important as cleaning the surface. Flossing does about 40% (ish) of the work to remove sticky bacteria, or plaque, from your mouth. It is also proven to help remove debris between teeth that can contribute to plaque buildup.
Besides removing plaque, regular flossing (at least once a day) can also make your teeth look brighter by removing the plaque and any excess food particles. Besides, regular flossing can help prevent tooth decay and reduce your risk of developing gum disease.
Flossing also allows you to examine your mouth for any swelling and redness regularly, and take a good look at your teeth, gums, and tongue. It’s a fact- flossing daily, along with brushing and a rinse – helps protect against gingivitis by removing plaque and food particles; keeping your smile healthy and beautiful.
Remember, your teeth have more surfaces than you can see. We see the front, but there are really five surfaces we need to pay attention to. If you don’t floss when you brush, you are neglecting at least two! Flossing is the only thing that can really get in there between the teeth and remove bacteria.
Check out this guide from the ADA on how to correctly floss!
Our next blog post will discuss what kind of floss is best for you.
Until next time!