To get a healthy, white smile, we need a lot of tools. There’s toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash; when used together, they all give you a gorgeous smile. You can get the job done without one or two tools, but it won’t be the best quality. These tools are essential for good oral health and should be used in conjunction to get the best results.

Which is Better Flossing or Brushing?

If you had to choose one over the other to fight off plaque and bacteria, then you should choose to floss over brushing. Both brushing and flossing remove plaque buildup but in different ways. When you brush, you remove plaque from the front and back surfaces of your teeth. When you floss, you remove plaque from underneath your gums and in between your teeth. It’s in these hard-to-reach places that the most destructive bacteria lives.

Even though it’s a crucial part of good oral health care, many people don’t floss, thinking brushing does a good enough job. Not flossing can be compared to cleaning your bedroom, but not vacuuming underneath your bed. It’s not really clean if a spot is skipped over. According to Clinical Oral Investigations, most people use floss insufficiently even when they do use it.

What Happens When You Don’t Floss?

Failure to remove plaque from the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth can be detrimental to your oral health and the rest of your body. There are over 1,000 bacteria in dental plaque, which can result in bloody and sensitive gums. If you don’t remove that bacteria, it can multiply, which creates even more problems. When flossing is ignored, gum disease, cavities, gingivitis, and periodontitis can develop. This little bacteria can cause an inflammatory response within your body and has been connected to dementia, heart disease, and weight gain.

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Your Technique Influences Your Results

Flossing can replace brushing, but only if you do it correctly and make a habit of it. If you don’t know what the correct technique is, now is the time to learn. To get the most amount of plaque off of your teeth, you need to floss in a c-shape around your tooth. You want to cover as much surface area as possible. You need to get under the gum tissue by flossing up and down and alongside your tooth’s external surface. Reaching the back side of each tooth is also important. Waxed floss is the best to use because it will not shred in between your teeth or break as easily. Correctly flossing your teeth will help keep your mouth fresh and your gums healthy.

To get the best results from flossing, you should floss in between your teeth after every meal. If that’s a bit too much to ask for, flossing once a day would be fine, too. The best time to do so would be before you go to bed so you can remove any plaque and food along your gum line.

Oral health is a journey that requires many tools and resources along the way. It’s best to use all of them to get the best results. However, if you had to choose the best one, floss would be at the top of the list because it removes the most destructive plaque that resides in places a toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing can replace brushing, but only if you do it correctly.


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