Flossing is an undervalued action. Most of us are aware that we should brush our teeth twice a day, but the importance of flossing is not so well-documented. Brushing is very important, but it only removes a certain amount of plaque from the mouth and flossing must also be part of the daily oral hygiene routine for truly clean teeth and gums.
Why is flossing so important?
Flossing is important because it targets the areas that are hard to reach with a toothbrush. Flossing removes plaque, food particles and bacteria from the gum line, the corners of the mouth and tiny cracks between the teeth. These areas are prone to bacteria collection, which contribute to decay and gum disease.
What does flossing involve?
Dental floss is passed through the gaps between teeth and along the gum line. It is a very fine cotton-like thread, which is available in various flavours.
Dental hygiene in Leeds
Dental hygiene is extremely important for good oral health. Our dental practice in Central Leeds encourages all patients to adopt a good daily oral hygiene routine, in addition to regular dental check-ups and visits to the hygienist. A good regime should consist of brushing the teeth and rinsing with mouthwash. Floss also helps. Dental hygiene helps to keep common problems, such as tooth discolouration, bad breath and oral health diseases, at bay and teeth looking healthy.