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Five Reasons To Floss

Be honest. How often do you floss? If you don’t already floss as part of your daily oral hygiene regime, it’s time to make some changes. Here are 5 good reasons why you should start flossing today:

  1. Cleaner, brighter smiles: flossing helps to clean your teeth, so that you can enjoy a brighter, more beautiful smile.
  2. Lower risk of decay: brushing is brilliant, but it can’t target areas that aren’t accessible with the brush head. Flossing cleans these hard to reach zones, giving you a much deeper clean and reducing the risk of decay.
  3. Reduced gum disease risk: it can be difficult to clean along the gum line with your toothbrush. This is where flossing comes in handy. With fine dental tape, you can remove bits of food and eliminate bacteria from the gums, reducing the risk of gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in British adults, so it’s really important to make sure your daily dental hygiene regime is on point.
  4. Plaque prevention: plaque is a sticky colourless film, which forms when bacteria and food debris combine with saliva. Plaque is the most significant risk factor for decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing help to rid the mouth of food particles and bacteria before they can form plaque.
  5. Fresher breath: most of us want to enjoy clean, fresh breath. Bad breath is a very common problem, which can result from poor oral hygiene. Flossing removes food debris from the mouth, decreasing the risk of bad breath, and ensuring you feel confident when you meet new people or catch up with friends and colleagues.

If you’re new to flossing, and you need any tips or advice, we’ll be happy to help! Call us  our Essex Dentist now or pop in and see us if you’re passing.

Chelmsford dentist helps patients keep healthy teeth with dental hygiene advice

The health and appearance of your teeth is very much dependant on how well you take care of them. Dental hygiene is fundamental to having healthy teeth that are free from decay and painful infections and it really is a matter of following a few simple rules.

The first and most important aspect of dental hygiene is brushing. This should be done twice a day fro three minutes using an appropriate brush and paste. A Chelmsford dentist can recommend the most suitable equipment for your teeth at your next check up. You should brush your teeth with the bristles at a 45-degree angle to the surface of the tooth pointing towards the gums. This helps to remove plaque and bacteria that build up on the enamel of the tooth that cause decay and gum disease.

Next to brushing is flossing, the second most important aspect of dental hygiene. Flossing between the teeth cleans the areas which are difficult or impossible to clean with a brush. These are often the places where the plaque and bacteria build up the most, attacking and wearing away the enamel causing decay and ultimately painful infection and tooth loss. It also helps to remove trapped food particles that are responsible for over 90 per cent of cases of bad breath.

Other cleaning devices such as tongue scrapers and inter-dental brushes are also useful in the battle against plaque. Mouthwashes may be useful but can also cause further dental hygiene issues so you should always ask your dentist before using them. Finally, it is crucial that this hygiene routine is backed up by regular visits to your dentist. They can spot the first signs of decay and disease and advise on the most effective ways to keep your mouth and teeth healthy. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford