The Dental ‘Floss’-ophy

Posted On: September 20, 2018

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We have all been on the receiving end of advice to floss by our dentists at least once in our lifetime. So why is it so important? Read on to know why is it such a big deal and how to do it right!

The problem arises because your toothbrush doesn’t go between the teeth or under the gum, where food particles get stuck, and this leads to a sticky film formation called plaque. Plaque contains bacteria that feeds on leftover food or sugar in your mouth. When that happens, it releases an acid that can eat away at the outer shell of your teeth called enamel and cause cavities (Yes! The same term that we have heard a trillion times in Toothpaste commercials!). Moreover, Plaque that doesn’t get removed by brushing and cleaning between teeth can eventually harden into a rough substance called tartar or calculus (Not the mathematical one!). This collects along your gum line and can lead to gum disease. Bad news is, once calculus is formed only your dentist can remove it!