Everybody knows how important it is that teeth are kept clean by brushing at least twice a day. But this is not enough to ensure that your mouth is free from the plaque which can damage it. The fact is that, even with the best brushing technique, you will not be able to reach all the parts of your mouth where plaque hides. This is why it is so important that you floss as well.
Plaque is a substance which forms when you eat food, especially those which contains plenty of sugar and or starch. If left unchecked, plaque begins to attack the enamel which protects your teeth. In the end your teeth will begin to decay and become especially sensitive as the nerves inside are compromised and interfered with.
Brushing ought to remove plaque from most of the surface of your teeth but plaque also forms between the teeth and needs to be removed. This is where flossing comes in. After you have brushed, you should take a suitable amount of dental floss and pull it between your teeth in a back and forth motion.
Leaving plaque between the teeth can also be a leading form of gum disease. Don’t be afraid to start using floss if you have not done so before. Over time your gums will become hardened to the process of flossing but the first few times you do it there might be a little bleeding as your sensitive gums are lacerated by the floss. This is perfectly normal and you should persist with your new flossing regime.
Your London W1 dentist can give you plenty of advice about the right technique and which dental floss to buy.