Why Flossing Is Important

Dr Tung’s Smart Floss

Going to the dentist can seem like chore, mainly because of the discomfort during the appointment and it can also feel quite invasive. While most of us do brush our teeth every single day, many of us neglect to carry out the deep-clean of flossing as well. While oral hygiene is a lot stronger than it used to be, there are still a number of dental issues that could be prevented with the regular usage of a water flosser. Here are some of the key benefits of flossing regularly.


Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is highly recommended and can go a long way to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. The essential purpose of a toothbrush is to remove the layer of plaque from the surface of our teeth. Plaque contains a high capacity of bacteria and can cause our teeth to rot if it is not removed. The fluoride contained in toothpaste works with the brush to significantly reduce the bacteria in our mouth. The biggest drawback of a toothbrush is that the bristles are not capable of reaching between our teeth, where there will also be an amount of plaque and bacteria. Floss is specifically designed to reach in between the tight gaps of our teeth and clean out the hard to reach plaque. Using floss and a toothbrush can be far more effective for your oral hygiene compared to just brushing alone.


Youngsters are recommended to making the most out of dental appointments while they’re still free. Partnered with the importance of dental care being taught in schools as well as more of a general awareness, the standard of oral health is far higher today than it used to be. This means that the younger generation are far more knowledgeable about how to look after their teeth and gums, meaning they require less dental treatment and save a considerable amount of money on bills. Dental floss can be quite cheap in comparison to the cost of dental bills it could potentially prevent, as a build-up of the bacteria left behind after brushing and not flossing could lead to problems such as gingivitis.


When we think about dental health problems, the chances are that the first thing we think of is discoloured teeth and bad breath. Gingivitis is one of the most common oral health issues with symptoms of swollen discoloured gums that are prone to bleeding along with halitosis (bad breath). It can be common for sufferers to use more chewing gum or mints to mask the problem and pretend it doesn’t exist. But the fact of the matter is that ignored symptoms can degenerate and cause more serious health issues further down the line. The bacteria of an unhealthy mouth can also lead to a number of illnesses including heart disease and diabetes, and surprisingly can even have an effect on a pregnancy in women. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the USA and there are 25 million reported cases of diabetes every year. While there are other factors that cause the same problems, if more people took better care of their teeth, by brushing and flossing every day, those statistics could drop considerably.