Common questions regarding flossing

How does flossing work?

Flossing helps to get rid of food lodged between your teeth. It also clears away bacteria that can build up on your teeth, before it has an opportunity to become hard and turn into plaque. Brushing your teeth will not be enough to remove debris from in between those narrow spaces.

When plaque has not been cleared away, it will solidify to form tartar. If this occurs, then it will be harder to brush and clean in between your teeth. Your gums may become inflamed or they might start to bleed. This complaint is known as gingivitis and it is an early indicator of gum disease. Flossing assists in getting rid of particles and dental plaque. By using dental floss you will be able to access areas that your toothbrush cannot reach, so as to help avoid conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay. Flossing should be an essential part of your everyday dental care plan. It ensures that your teeth remain clean and healthy.

How often should I brush and floss?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day and that you floss once daily.

Should I brush or floss in any particular order?

No, it does not matter if you brush first, and then floss, or the other way around, but just make sure that you carry out both tasks with care and attention. A number of people brush their teeth only and, either they forget to floss or else put off doing it, in the belief that their mouth seems to be clean, they are rushing or they are too exhausted. This is not a good habit to develop.