Is Flossing Good for the Teeth?
Flossing after meals has been recommended by dentists for several years. Recent articles published in leading US newspapers and magazines, however, have suggested that flossing has little benefit within the oral hygiene routine. In this article, we will look at how flossing works and how it helps to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Getting into the gaps
Few people have a perfect smile with absolutely no gaps between the teeth. A gap between teeth may vary in size. It can range from a fraction of a millimetre to a noticeable gap. This is completely natural and part of the natural formation of your teeth. The problem with such gaps is that they make effective cleaning with a standard toothbrush very difficult. This can, therefore, lead to an increased risk of decay. To ensure that no acid-causing food particles are left after meals, the use of interdental brushes or floss is recommended.
Interdentals vs Floss
In recent years, there has been an increase in the availability and use of tiny toothbrushes known as interdental brushes. These are often not unlike toothpicks in appearance. Much debate today centres around whether it is more effective to use these or floss. The British Society of Periodontology, in their 2015 workshop on the prevention of gum disease, concluded that the decision to use interdental brushes versus floss ultimately comes down to the size of the gaps between teeth. As a rule, if the gap between the teeth allows access with an interdental brush and does not cause pain or discomfort, this is the most effective solution. You should incorporate this into your daily oral hygiene routine. Floss, on the other hand, can be a good alternative where interdental brushes do not fit.
Healthy gums, healthy life
The British Society of Periodontology, which, along with Public Health England, endorses the uses of interdental brushes and floss, has recently launched a campaign to promote the importance of understanding gum disease. It also offers information on the effects gum disease can have on your overall health. The #howsyoursmile website offers a wealth of information including educational videos and a quiz to help you get to grips with gum disease and help fight it off through good oral hygiene practices. Over 45% of UK adults experience some level of gum disease. There has never been a better time to take action and protect your quality of life.
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