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I Brush and Rinse, So Why Floss?

It’s easy to wonder what good flossing does after your mouth is fresh and tingly from toothpaste and a powerful rinse! Flossing can be tricky and boring. Is just brushing and rinsing really enough?

How Plaque Works

The first thing you need to understand is the enemy you’re up against. This will help you choose the most effective tools for fighting oral disease.

Bacteria hide out in places hard to reach such as in between neighboring teeth. In addition to this, bacteria protect themselves by growing in deep layers of what you might call “slime.”

These germs, this “slime,” and food debris all make up dental plaque!

What Brushing and Rinsing Miss

A toothbrush works well for scrubbing at those valleys on the tops of back teeth. It also removes plaque from along the gum line. But does it reach in between your teeth?

“That’s where a rinse helps out,” you might say.

But how does a rinse work?

Some rinses feature fluoride, which helps protect teeth from cavities. Other germs have the potential to cause serious gum disease. There are rinses that aim to inhibit the growth of these bacteria, as well.

Remember how bacteria are protected in a “slime?” That’s right, a rinse often can’t penetrate this protective layer.

Flossing is Essential!

Flossing prevents cavities from forming between teeth. It physically removes bacteria and their protective slime. For most people, brushing and rinsing alone are just not enough! You can save your gums and teeth by making flossing a regular part of your oral hygiene routine.

Talk with your local dentist for a professional assessment of your oral health and to learn about the best plaque-control techniques.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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