Flossing teeth is important to remove food debris that may become trapped between teeth. Rotting food debris otherwise attracts infection-causing bacteria that may result in tooth decay, gum disease, foul breath and tooth loss.
At Devonshire Square Dental Studio in the London capital, our dental hygienist guides patients on flossing technique and flossing products available. Dentists recommend flossing as part of daily oral hygiene practice along with brushing, and particularly after meals.
To improve oral hygiene and health, individuals may floss with flossing tape or an interdental brush. An interdental brush has different brush heads to fit between tooth gaps, in tooth grooves and dental restorations.
Take care when flossing around dental restorations such as crowns and bridges to prevent any damage from occurring. Flossing technique may vary, and it is best to seek advice from the dentist or dental hygienist about dental restorations and flossing. If the gums persistently bleed when flossing, it is best to discuss this with the dentist.
Brushing the teeth, tongue and palate is not enough. If food debris remains between teeth or in tooth grooves, bacteria may colonise around the rotting debris and cause gum inflammation. Swelling and bleeding of the gums is known as gingivitis, and is the start of gum disease. Some people develop tooth infections or dental abscess from poor oral hygiene or not flossing.
Cavities and infection
Bacteria in the mouth increases acidity that erodes dental enamel resulting in cavities. Cavities weaken teeth and expose the dental pulp to infection. When infection spreads through the root canals of the teeth, root canal treatment may be necessary to remove the infection and safe the tooth from extraction.
Tooth loss detracts from appearance and may lead to dental misalignment or bite disorders. Flossing teeth keeps the teeth healthy, the mouth clean, the breath fresh and the smile beautiful.