Flossing - why is it so important?

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Flossing - why is it so important?


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The interdental spaces are the areas in the mouth where it is most difficult to maintain good hygiene. If food debris and plaque are not removed from interdental spaces, after some time a process of demineralisation of the enamel and then an irreversible carious process occurs. This is why correct oral hygiene, including flossing , isso important .


Tooth brushing alone is not sufficient for daily oral care. A traditional toothbrush and its fibres are not able to thoroughly clean the interdental spaces where most bacteria accumulate.

Important! It is worth using dental floss to help remove plaque between the teeth and also below the gum line (where the tooth meets the gum).

Flossing - a must have for daily care

A few minutes after a meal, the bacteria on the teeth begin to form plaque, which includes

  • dead mucous membrane cells
  • food residues,
  • components of saliva.

The bacterial metabolism also results in acids that lower the pH of the enamel, leading to demineralisation of the enamel. Bacterial plaque hardens and often turns into plaque and tartar, which is dangerous to dental health. As a result of the weakening of the enamel, bacteria gradually penetrate deep into the tooth structure, causing tooth decay.

Important! The use of dental floss in daily oral prophylaxis protects the teeth from cavities (proximal surfaces) and also keeps the gums healthy.

From the age of 12, the spaces between the teeth should be flossed once a day before brushing.

People with sensitive gums that bleed when brushing their teeth should not avoid flossing for fear of aggravating unpleasant symptoms - flossing can improve the condition of the gums and contribute to stopping them from bleeding.

Flossing - function

The primary function of dental floss is to protect against bacteria accumulating in the spaces between the teeth. By flossing your teeth (skilfully and regularly), you can protect yourself against tooth decay. The thorough removal of food debris protects against tooth and periodontal disease. Flossing also provides a feeling of freshness.

Important! It is best to floss after each meal.

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Before flossing, it is important to familiarise yourself with its correct use (incorrect technique can result in damage to the gingival papillae).