Flossing is an essential part of a good oral hygiene regime. Most people focus on brushing, but it can be difficult to reach all areas of the mouth with a brush. Flossing helps to remove food deposits and plaque from such areas and reduces the risk of oral diseases. Dental floss is most effective in removing plaque from the gum line and tooth gaps. Flossing involves passing floss, a thin string-like flavoured thread, through the teeth and against the gum line.
Why do I need to floss?
Flossing is important because it is easy to miss areas of the mouth when you are brushing. Manoeuvring a brush into the corners can be tricky and the bristles are often too large to get into the tooth gaps, which can become breeding grounds for bacteria, leading to plaque collection and eventually tartar build-up. Tartar is difficult to remove and an increase in bacteria in the mouth increases the risk of gum disease and decay.
Recently, numerous studies have suggested that oral health plays an important role in determining general health. Gum disease has also been linked to an increased risk of serious medical conditions, including strokes, diabetes and heart disease.
Which type of dental floss should I buy?
If you’ve ever been to the dental aisle of a supermarket, you’ll be aware that there is a huge range of choice when it comes to oral hygiene products and this can be a bit daunting. The best thing to do to ensure you get the right product is to ask your dentist for advice. There are different brands, flavours and types of dental floss and some may suit you more than others. Your dental practice may sell products but if they do not they will definitely be able to advise you which products will best suit your needs.