What is flossing?
Flossing is cleaning the surfaces between the teeth by passing thread-like 'floss' between the teeth in a sawing motion.
Author: Idan Ben-Barak
First answered: 16 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 17 Oct 2018
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An electric toothbrush can help make it easier to clean teeth well, but with correct technique a standard toothbrush can also do a good job.
Even if you brush and floss regularly, you still need to see a dentist for regular check-ups. Not only can your dentist check for decay and other oral health conditions, they remove tartar, a hardened form of …
Over time, dental plaque, a soft deposit that contains bacteria, tends to develop on the surfaces of teeth. This can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
For good oral health, it is important to brush your teeth 2-3 times a day. More frequent brushing may not be beneficial, as it may wear down your tooth enamel.
To clean your teeth thoroughly, the inside, outside and chewing surface of each tooth needs to be brushed. This takes around 2-3 minutes.
Flossing regularly helps to remove dental plaque that may form between teeth and prevent tooth decay and gum damage. Brushing cannot effectively reach these areas.
A toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head is recommended. This helps to prevent premature wear of the enamel of the teeth.