As Dr. Magid says, “You only have to floss the ones you want to keep!” If you look closely in the mirror after you brush but before you floss, chances are that you can see some plaque building up between your teeth near your gum line. You might even be able to feel some tartar or plaque with your tongue, especially near your gum line or behind your teeth.
Your toothbrush does a great job for the easy-to-reach surfaces of your teeth, particularly when you use it correctly. Flossing is essential, however, because your toothbrush cannot go between your teeth – it’s simply too small a space!
Dental floss effectively removes plaque from between your teeth and in those hard-to-reach areas. By sliding your floss up and down in between the sides of each tooth, on both sides of your papilla (the little v-shaped piece of tissue), you can remove plaque before it hardens into tartar.
Combined with regular dental cleanings, brushing and flossing is the best way to stave off gum disease and decay. When you take a few extra steps to prevent oral conditions, you can save time and money in the future.
Your smile is a good investment in your health and your appearance.