The Importance of Dental Floss
In dentistry, floss is classed as an interdental (between teeth) cleaning aid, it is a cord of thin filaments used to remove food and dental plaque from between teeth. The floss is gently inserted between the teeth and wiped along the teeth sides, especially close to the gums or underneath them as toothbrushes do not clean between teeth or below the gum line.
There is an old saying in Dentistry… Only floss the teeth you want to keep!
The common advice is that flossing should be carried out once per day prior to brushing, completing all teeth to allow the fluoride from the toothpaste to reach between them.
Used in addition to brushing as part of regular oral hygiene flossing can reduce cavities, gingivitis and halitosis compared to brushing alone.
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