To Floss or Not to Floss?

To Floss or Not to Floss?

March 07, 2019

It’s no secret that most people forget to floss, with one in three people in the UK admitting having never flossed. However, flossing is a good way to get in between the small gaps of your teeth to get rid of plaque.  There are many different options to clean between the teeth like dental flossers, toothpicks, interdental brushes and even battery-powered or electrical flossing devices.

 

The Facts

 You may have seen many articles reporting that “there is little proof that flossing works”. The report by Associated Press claims that there is no scientific research to show flossing helps prevent gum diseases and cavities. However, research published by the Journal of Dental Hygiene shows adding flossing to your routine will help to reduce the risk of gingivitis.

 

So, why should you floss? 

 If you choose not to floss, you are at a higher risk of gingivitis and cavities between your teeth. Flossing removes dental plaque build-up between your teeth, this is important as plaque build-up can cause red and inflamed gums which then leads to gingivitis. A build-up of plaque will lead to enamel being destroyed, which leads to a higher chance of forming a cavity.

 

Research shows many people who brush their teeth diligently twice a day came out with a with a plaque score of 50%. This means, brushing alone only gets rid of 50% of the plaque in your entire mouth. By flossing or using other options to clean your teeth, it will substantially get rid of more plaque in your mouth.

 
“From a dental point of view, it’s easy to tell which patients are flossing as their gums are so much healthier” - Dr Matthew Lloyd

 

How do I conduct great oral hygiene?

 You should floss at least once a day, brush twice a day and use mouthwash at least once a day too. Here at WhiteWash we recommend flossing first, washing and then brushing – this is the best way to maintain excellent oral hygiene.

Our Nano Micro-Riser floss has been clinically proven to get rid of 40% more plaque than other leading floss’, and our Anti-Stain floss is great for first time flossers, you can find them both here on our website.