Nearly half the surface area of your teeth lies in between them, and it’s an area that your toothbrush can’t reach – so if you’re relying solely on brushing for your dental health, it won’t do a complete job. When food gets stuck in these gaps, it can create a breeding ground for bacteria to build up and cause plaque.
Prevention is best
By using floss on a daily basis, you can remove plaque from in between your teeth and help to prevent:
- Periodontal disease (late-stage gum disease)
- Tooth decay
- Bad breath
- Gingivitis (reversible-if-treated gum disease)
- Tartar build-up
- Plus you will save on long term dental costs
Flossing should be an integral part of your dental health routine along with brushing.
There are some situations where you shouldn’t floss, such as when wearing braces, so always consult your dentist for individual advice.