Every day, food and plaque become trapped in the contact areas in between your teeth. Unless regularly removed, the bacteria in plaque will soon cause infection and inflammation. This is increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Brushing twice daily cannot replace flossing as your toothbrush bristles don’t reach deep in between your teeth. It’s not enough to only floss every few days because plaque soon hardens into tartar or calculus and can no longer be removed by dental floss. This is the hard substance that is scraped or scaled from your teeth during regular hygiene appointments and which will continue to cause infection deep in between your teeth.
With the proper flossing techniques, you can easily clean in between your teeth in just a few minutes each day. Apple Dental can provide practical demonstrations on the correct way to floss and we can talk to you about alternative tools to try, and which include electric water flossers and interdental brushes. Just ask us about flossing during your next visit and we will be delighted to help you.