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Regular flossing helps to remove food debris and plaque from between the teeth.  

It’s likely that your dentist has urged you to practice proper oral hygiene for the sake of your pearly whites — the ideal routine, according to most dental professionals, includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing on a daily basis. But is it really essential that you floss every day? While no one is going to force you to do so, there are countless benefits to making the habit part of your regime. Read on to find out why it’s worth taking the time to floss your teeth, and what could happen if you don’t…

Why should you floss?

Flossing regularly is one of the best ways to remove plaque that may have accumulated between your teeth and along your gumline. Plaque, which is a sticky film packed with bacteria, may not always be visible to the naked eye, but it’s a substance that can cause some serious damage to your oral health. It forms when the bacteria in your mouth come into contact with the sugars that you consume. These bacteria produce acids, which can cause harm to your enamel, leading to erosion and cavities over time.

Flossing every day can go a long way in reducing one’s risk of tooth decay and cavities. The more plaque that is left to build up on your teeth, the higher your risk of decay. So, by removing food particles and plaque by flossing, it’s possible to reduce your risk of cavities.

If you are suffering from persistent bad breath, it could be a sign that you need to floss more often. When leftover food particles get stuck between your teeth, it gradually decays, which can lead to a foul-smelling odour.

When should you floss?  

It is generally recommended that you floss once a day before you brush your teeth either in the morning or evening. The exact time that you choose to do so is not important — simply find a time that works for you and your schedule.

It is best to floss before you brush your teeth because the flossing action tends to loosen bits of food and plaque that are stuck between and around your teeth. Once this debris has been loosened, it is easier to get rid of it with your toothbrush.

What are the options?  

When it comes to flossing, there are a few options available to you. You might opt for traditional floss, but if you find it difficult to use, you could consider a water flosser, an air flosser, or an interdental brush. Choose a tool or product with which you feel comfortable, and which you find easy to use on a daily basis.

If you’re not sure whether your flossing technique is correct, it’s a good idea to chat to your dentist. They will be able to provide you with some tips or a demonstration to ensure that your hygiene routine is on track.

How can we help?

At Oracare, we believe that prevention is always better than cure. For this reason, we encourage all of our patients to practice proper oral hygiene and to discuss any questions or concerns with us so that we can help keep your smile in tip-top condition.

Besides regular brushing and flossing, we also urge all of our patients to come in and see us for routine dental check-ups and professional cleans every six months. As part of these appointments, we also provide fluoride treatments to strengthen the teeth and prevent tooth decay. These preventative services are very important in maintaining overall oral health and can help to prevent the need for complex dental work down the line.

If you would like to find out more about our preventative dentistry services, please have a look here.

If you would like to arrange a consultation with us, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on (07) 3286 6914 or get in touch with us here. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice and helping to maintain your beautiful smile