Flossing: a health protection routine

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6th February 2014

Perhaps getting into the routine of flossing is difficult because¬†wasn’t drilled into us when we were young. Our mothers regularly reminded us to brush our teeth, but they never said: Go and brush and floss.

But not flossing is like washing your hands and forgetting to clean in between your fingers. Why? Because flossing is the only way to remove the food debris and bacteria that builds up between your teeth. And, acid forming bacteria, otherwise known as plaque, can cause cavities and irritate the gums, leading to gum disease.

Dental Floss and Braces

When it comes to cleaning teeth with braces, floss and interdental brushes ( great for getting in between wider gaps) are essential. Remember that teeth have five sides and with because lingual braces have wires on the backs of teeth, reaching those nooks and crannies can be difficult. Dental floss is a good way to clean around wires and you can purchase Super floss , which has a hard end- making it easy to thread through gaps above the wire.

Links between gum disease and heart disease

A growing body of research suggests that there may be links between gum disease and more serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. So don’t think flossing in future, tell yourself you are going to the bathroom to look after your dental health and overall well-being!

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