To floss or not to floss?

Hopefully every six months, you visit the dentist for a cleaning and probably hear the words “floss more” The problem is patients don’t think flossing does anything. There is no instant gratification with flossing — that’s the problem.

But flossing does about 40% of the work required to remove sticky bacteria, or plaque, from your teeth. Plaque generates acid, which can cause cavities, irritate the gums, and leads to gum disease. Each tooth has 5 surfaces. If you eliminate flossing then you are leaving 2 of the surfaces unclean. Floss is the only thing that can get into the space between the teeth to remove the bacteria.
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