Flossing is essential for maintaining not just your oral health but your health in general. Bacteria laden dental plaque forms around all the surfaces of your teeth. There are 5surfaces to a tooth, the occlusal or biting surface, the tongue and cheek surfaces and the 2 surfaces in between the teeth. Good brushing will get rid of the plaque on all of the surfaces except in between the teeth, so if you brush well, you will be cleaning 3 out of 5 surfaces. That's only a score of 60%. Dental professionals also know that for adults both dental caries (tooth decay) and periodontal (gum) disease both start in between the teeth where only floss can reach.
We are now learning that besides tooth loss, there are more and more diseases and conditions that are linked to oral problems including diabetes, heart disease, pneumonia, and even cancer. So get out that floss and make sure to use it every day along with brushing!
SCOTT M DUBOWSKY DMD FAGD
clean between the teeth, so the interproximal plaque and food that gets
stuck between the teeth needs to be cleaned by floss, I would say after
each meal, because those plaques and food debris that are stuck between the
teeth can get used by micro organisms and cause interproximal cavities on
teeth and gingival damage on the gums.
While flossing it's important to lean the floss against the teeth so it
doesn't cut the gum in the middle.
Hope this helps.
Jossi Stokes, DDS
Tristan Schaffer/Office Manager(610) 432-1228