How does proper flossing
protect your teeth from getting cavity?
Normally, teeth come into
contact with each other at a point (contact point). However, this is merely a
kissing contact (light contact); teeth are not attached, so when food particles
get there, it is best to remove them before they cause tooth decay or gum
problems (e.g. inflammation and bleeding) for that matter. So, get on with your
flossing, just make sure that you do it properly.
Use dental floss or other interdental cleaners, such as special
picks, interproximal brushes or sticks at least twice a day. Using these can
help loosen and remove plaque and food particles from the spaces between your
teeth, where your toothbrush cannot reach. As you do with dental
brushing, use a gentle touch when cleaning between your teeth. Remember:
Flossing is NO substitute for brushing and vice-versa. Feel
free to ask me or your dental hygienist to help you develop a comfortable and