Four Things Patients in Pontyclun Should Know About Flossing

Posted by Default Admin on 28 April 2015

Information about brushing your teeth is widely available but information regarding flossing is perhaps less so. Yet flossing is a highly important way of keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

An Extra Clean

It is a way of cleaning between your teeth and gums which does more than using a regular toothbrush can. Floss can access the space between your teeth and gums when a regular toothbrush may not be able to reach. Cleaning this spot prevents the build up of plaque there, which may cause future dental problems if it is not regularly cleared away from the surfaces of the teeth.

Fighting Bad Breath

As a tooth brush can't reach these spots, particles of food may gather in these areas and begin to decay, so emitting nasty smells and contributing to bad breath. Regular flossing will prevent this happening and avoid any embarrassment.

Preventing  Cavities

Without flossing, the food particles discussed above may combine with the bacteria and saliva in your mouth and form plaque. The bacteria in plaque release acid which could begin to dissolve the surface of your teeth and lead to cavities. Flossing will get rid of the plaque and prevent it building up and weakening your teeth.

Gingitivitis and Peridontitis

Cavities aren't the only thing to fear from a build-up of plaque. Left to build up, it may also cause gum disease. Gum disease is a bigger cause of losing teeth than tooth decay is - and flossing is one of the best ways of fighting it. Increased plaque could lead to gingivitis, where your gums become infected or inflamed. If plaque isn't cleared away, it could turn into tartar: a hard substance which can only be removed by a dentist. If gingivitis is untreated, it could develop into peridontitus, which is where the tissues surrounding your teeth are affected and teeth start to become loose. Flossing is a way of preventing this occurrence and keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

If you would like to discuss any of the above issues and how Brilliant Dental Care can help you, contact us on 01443887564.