2 Big Reasons to Floss

Why Should I Floss?

We’re all busy and often flossing lands at the end of the To Do list. Even though it’s an extra step to brushing, it’s important to floss and we have listed two of the main reasons below.


1) Freshening your breath.

There are little gaps between your teeth where food can get stuck. When food gets stuck in the gaps, it can attract bad bacteria that can lead to gingivitis and gum diseases, or even other health issues.

If you notice that you have smelly dental floss during, or after flossing, then it’s important to contact us as soon as possible and book an appointment with a dentist or dental hygienist, as smelly floss can indicate gum disease or gingivitis. Plus, you won’t have to worry about whether other people can smell your breath.

Woman wearing white flossing her teeth while smiling at the camera
Man using Dental Floss smiling in front of a mirror in bathroom

2) Cleaning all the surfaces of your teeth

Teeth have 5 surfaces and if you only brush, you are missing two sides. By flossing, you help to dislodge stuck food that can lead to build up and possible future gum disease.

You also disrupt and remove plaque. Tooth decay and gum disease can appear if plaque is allowed to build up on teeth, or along the gum line. If you notice blood when you are flossing, it is a good idea to book in for a check up with your dentist.

So What Floss or Type of Floss Should I Use?

There are many types of floss and floss devices available on the market from the traditional wax covered thread to water jets. Our oral health team can help identify if you should use floss or a dental aid that can get between your teeth (such as a Pikster).

We stock leading dental cleaning brands at Ballina Gentle Dental Care to save you on an additional trip to the chemist after your appointment.

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