Flossing – do’s and don’ts

While most people remember to brush their teeth at least twice a day, many forget to floss as regularly as they should. To maintain good oral hygiene it is recommended that you floss at least once per day.

Flossing the best way to reach places in your mouth that a toothbrush can’t. So while you might be brushing 2 times daily, you are only cleaning half of your mouth by forgetting to floss. Dental floss is designed to clean the spaces between your teeth, which mouthwash or a toothbrush cannot.

Often you can tell when you haven’t been flossing regularly enough by the appearance and health of your gums. Inflamed, red, swollen or bleeding gums are a result of gingivitis- a common condition resulting from a lack of oral hygiene. Gingivitis is very easy to reverse, however by continuing to neglect flossing, it can worsen to more serious types of gum disease such as periodontitis.

While visiting a dentist regularly and every six months going for a clean, scale and polish- flossing and keeping up with good oral hygiene practises is a cost-effective way of avoiding treatments and care for serious dental problems.

While it may be annoying to get into the habit of, regular flossing in conjunction with brushing will improve overall oral hygiene and health that your future self will thank you for!

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