Brushing your teeth isn’t enough! Don’t forget to floss!

Flossing gives the ability to remove plaque that is left in between the teeth. This eliminates the stubborn sticky bacteria along the gum line that is sometimes left even after brushing your teeth. It is crucial to prevent plaque as it will harden and turn into tartar that cannot be removed even by toothbrushing. This is why brushing your teeth isn’t enough!

The American Dental Association states how flossing plays a major role in a healthy dental routine. Flossing is a critical step in taking care of your teeth and gums. This is due to how the thread in a floss removes all the bacteria and plaque in areas that a toothbrush cannot reach. 

Risks/consequences of not flossing:

A tooth has five surfaces. This means that if you don’t floss, you would then be leaving at least two of the surfaces unclean with bacteria. That’s 40% of your tooth being left uncleaned!

The bacteria left for a period of time forms plaque that will eventually turn into tartar. This is much more difficult to remove and requires professional cleaning by a dentist or hygienist.

With poor dental habits, it may eventually lead to major infections in the mouth. This is known as periodontal disease or gum disease. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research defines this as an infection of the tissues which grips your teeth in place. It would then cause bleeding gums, chewing issues and possible tooth loss.

When your gums are left unclean, it will become unhealthy and bleed easily which causes them to be irritated and inflamed. Additionally, this may cause bad breath that is difficult to get rid of, known as halitosis. If the plaque and tartar in your mouth continues to grow, it will even lead to cavities with decay in the teeth.

With all these factors taken into consideration, it is clear as to why dental specialists suggest flossing every day to ensure you have a strong focus on your oral health.

What if the gums bleed when flossing?

This is one of the early symptoms of unhealthy gums. If your gums are easily irritated and bleed easily such as when flossing, it is recommended to visit a dentist. Having a check-up to find the early signs of gum disease will help quickly reverse the condition. 

How often should flossing be done and why?

Both brushing and flossing should be done twice a day for a healthy dental routine. Just like brushing, flossing before sleeping removes the plaque that has accumulated throughout the day. As long as proper cleaning is being followed, your teeth and gums will remain clean and healthy. 

What if I’m having difficulty flossing?

Many people find flossing difficult, but dentists and hygienists will help guide you on the best techniques to floss. The dental specialists can also give recommendations on alternatives on how to properly clean your teeth and gums. 

At Micris Dental Clinic, a well-trained dental hygienist can help with professional cleaning using specialized tools, technology and effective techniques to ensure clean and healthy teeth and gums. Overall, not only are they able to completely remove the plaque, tartar and other debris in the mouth, but they will also guide you with instructions on how your mouth can remain clean with a healthy dental routine. 

Our dental team is prioritizes your oral health and perhaps it’s time you pay them a visit!


  1. American Dental Association 
  2. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research