If you have never been a fan of flossing your teeth, it can seem like an easy step to avoid when performing your dental hygiene regime especially when going to bed. But it is an important step which, if avoided, can lead to quite serious issues.


We admit that flossing your teeth correctly can be tricky; many patients complain that they have cut their gums while flossing or that they cannot clean their back teeth using this technique. We sympathise and, should you come to our team at Deakin Dental, we can show you how to floss your teeth without injuring yourself and can show you tips to get to your back teeth.

At Deakin Dental, our dentist Canberra is all about the prevention of dental problems and, with the wealth of issues that flossing helps to prevent, we aim to teach as many patients as we can about the advantages of this rather simple hygiene technique. We can show you in our surgery how to clean your teeth correctly using floss, so you can utilise it in your daily dental routine. Simple!

So, what are some of the advantages of daily flossing? Read on to find out!

Removes hidden plaque

As we mentioned earlier, our dentist Canberra is all about preventing dental issues.

As one of the key benefits of flossing is the removal of hidden plaque between your teeth, it is easy to see why we are so eager for our patients to give it a go!

Hidden plaque can lead to a myriad of dental issues, especially between the teeth, which may then lead to our dentist Canberra needing to perform fillings, root canals or in extreme cases, extractions.

By removing the hidden plaque, you reduce these issues.

Prevents cavities

Cavities are never fun and, as we mentioned before, our team often has to perform these restoratives in between teeth as a result of not flossing.

To prevent cavities and keep your teeth looking and feeling strong, floss twice a day to remove plaque and bacteria.

Reduces risk of gum disease

Cavities aren’t the only thing that plaque and excess bacteria can cause in your mouth.

Should you have too much plaque, you may develop gum disease, such as gingivitis. While brushing can reduce this, to be safe, we recommend flossing to remove those hidden areas of plaque and to remove stubborn patches of bacteria.

Reduces bad breath

Bad breath is never something that is wanted and, as you may have guessed, it is usually linked to having excessive levels of bacteria in your mouth.

As we have established, daily flossing will reduce the level of bacteria, thus eliminating bad breath.

Better cardiovascular health

Oral plaque has been linked to cardiovascular disease multiple times in studies, so flossing to remove plaque will typically benefit your heart and general health altogether.

At this stage, we will note that if you are struggling with traditional flossing, we can recommend interdental brushes as an easier alternative, which offer all of the same benefits as flossing.


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