Myth: Flossing is unnecessary if you brush well Answer: False, that myth is a bust!!! We all know that brushing is important to remove plaque and bacteria from our teeth, but if you are relying solely on brushing to keep your teeth clean, you’re actually not cleaning between your teeth at all. Your toothbrush cannot fit between teeth and in fact, even mouth rinse isn’t able to clean properly between the teeth either – so even though we all whinge and moan about having to floss every day, flossing is a very important part of keeping your teeth clean and healthy.Flossing does about 40% of the work required to remove sticky bacteria, known as plaque, from your teeth. If not removed, plaque can irritate the gums, causing them to bleed easily and become inflamed, which breeds more bacteria and causes gum disease. Plaque also generates acid, which can destroy the enamel between your teeth, consequently forming dental decay or cavities between your teeth. Dental decay between teeth can develop secretly without you being aware of it and usually by the time it gives you pain, the damage to your tooth is significant and can be costly to fix, so make sure you have a dental check up every 6 months so we can spot the early signs of decay and help you keep smiling!

Posted by The Gentle Dentist at Mt Warren Park on Wednesday, 22 May 2019

True or False: Flossing is unnecessary if you brush well

Answer: False, that myth is a bust!!!

We all know that brushing is important to remove plaque and bacteria from our teeth, but if you are relying solely on brushing to keep your teeth clean, you’re actually not cleaning between your teeth at all. Your toothbrush cannot fit between teeth and in fact, even mouth rinse isn’t able to clean properly between the teeth either – so even though we all whinge and moan about having to floss every day, flossing is a very important part of keeping your teeth clean and healthy.

Flossing does about 40% of the work required to remove sticky bacteria, known as plaque, from your teeth. If not removed, plaque can irritate the gums, causing them to bleed easily and become inflamed, which breeds more bacteria and causes gum disease. Plaque also generates acid, which can destroy the enamel between your teeth, consequently forming dental decay or cavities between your teeth. Dental decay between teeth can develop secretly without you being aware of it and usually by the time it gives you pain, the damage to your tooth is significant and can be costly to fix, so make sure you have a dental check up every 6 months so we can spot the early signs of decay and help you keep smiling!

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