‘Why floss when I brush my teeth really well already? I just don’t have the time!’
Recognise this sentiment? Well the reason is that regular tooth brushing (not matter how well you do it) generally only reaches 60% of your teeth’s surface area, leaving plaque in the areas your toothbrush cannot reach. This can lead to tooth decay, gum disease (gingivitis) and bad breath. Yuk!
As for time, flossing literally takes 2 minutes a day, which could be a lot less time and cost than you may have to spend in the dentist’s chair if decay sets in.
Flossing made easy
If you find flossing difficult, ask one of our dentists at your next appointment to show you how. There are a number of options that can help with those ‘difficult to get to areas’ caused by crowded or crooked teeth.
We often recommend using an interdental brush rather than floss. This can avoid sore fingers and big frustration. An interdental brush is a bit like a mini toothpick with soft gentle bristles that get right in-between teeth.
Gently pushing these brushes between all your teeth once a day will eliminate the bugs trapped there that brushing alone won’t dislodge and so help to prevent gum disease and bad breath. Interdental brushes are also useful for cleaning between crowns, implants and veneers.
Try a TePe brush
We stock the ‘TePe’ brush range. These brushes come in a number of different sizes to match your teeth. We can advise you on the best ones to use for you…just pop into your local practice and ask at the desk.
What else helps keep my teeth and gums healthy?
If you floss well and often, and regularly visit your dentist for a check up plus a scale and polish, you will prolong the life of your teeth. Please take a look at our Annual Dental Plan. At only £99 for the whole year, it probably the best preventative dental care you can buy…along with brushing, flossing and avoiding sugary drinks and snacks of course!
Look after your teeth…they’re the only ones you’ve got.