How often should I floss and brush my teeth?

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by Christine Parker, BDS (GDC 72136), Howardian Dental Practice.

For many people there is a confusion regarding the need to floss. If you only brush your teeth you are only cleaning about two thirds of their surface area. Missing the bits in between, the interdental areas, can lead to food packing, decay, bad breath and gum disease.

Often new patients will state that their gums are painful and bleed and when they do it, it worries them. I always give the same advice.

Do it before the last brush of the day. If necessary, use hot salt water to aid healing and, if done correctly as demonstrated by a dental professional, your gum condition should improve A LOT in just a week or two.

My other advice is that, unless your teeth are very tight together, interdental silicone sticks might be a better option than floss. These are tapered so cover several different sizes of spaces. They should be pushed in gently until you feel resistance.

Wherever food and plaque congregate for any length of time, dental disease will surely happen so prevention is better than cure.

Some people have gums that are very reactive to dental plaque and these are the ones who need to work even harder to keep their teeth. Starting early is best but its never too late to make a difference.

So, in conclusion, you might never need to floss but you should do interdental daily.

Howardian Dental Practice is conveniently located at 11 Alan Farnaby Way, York Rd Business Park, Sheriff Hutton YO60 6PG
t: 01347 878111 | www.howardiandental.co.uk

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