Why is flossing so important?

Here at Southern Dental, we believe in educating our patients about dental health while we look after their teeth! Our dentists believe that brushing twice a day will keep your teeth and mouth healthy – but on this post we will tell you how to add flossing to your routine to have even healthier teeth and gums!

When it comes to having a good oral hygiene one might think that brushing is the most important component. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day for two minutes, but also says that more important than brushing is flossing. Your routine should consist of these two, the point of flossing and brushing is to get rid of the plaque buildup and get rid of bacteria that accumulates on the teeth and gums and can lead to serious illnesses such as gum disease.

However, when we brush we get the plaque that is on the surface of the teeth but flossing allows us to reach in the areas between the teeth which are hard to reach with a brush. These areas under the gums and between the teeth are where the colonies of bacteria do more damage so it is important to get in there and floss!

When you floss, make sure you get as much surface area of the tooth cover and beneath the gum as well – don’t be too rough as it might hurt your gums and make you bleed.

Please contact your dentist at any of our Southern Dental branches if you need more information or if you want to book an appointment to have us look at your teeth!

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