“Do you floss before or after brushing you tooth?” We all have heard this question whenever we are checking up at dentistry. Why do we hear this, every time? Is the doctor promoting for the oral products? Or just trying to tell us how important floss & brushing is?
Flossing does about 40% of the work required to remove sticky bacteria or plaque from your teeth. Plaque generates acid that cause cavities & irritate the gums.
It can also lead to gum disease and most probably pain. “Each tooth has five surfaces. If you don’t floss, you are leaving at least two of the surfaces unclean,” Wheeler explains. [source: webmd.com]
The act of flossing will remove mostly all the plaque bacteria in your mouth. If you don’t remove these plaque bacteria, they will gradually colonise and change the chemistry of your mouth. This change in chemistry will cause “pathogens” to survive in your mouth which will cause cavities.
Often when you brush your tooth there is a good feeling of cleanliness, which sometimes is the reason of why people brush in the first place. But there is no feeling when you floss your tooth so why bother?
This is exactly like the time that you are sick but you don’t know it because the virus in your body is too weak to make you feel sick. The initial sign of not flossing is very transparent. The problem and disease become visible when the infection is very much advanced and irreversible. As said before, not flossing will cause, lots of oral and body illnesses. Bleeding of gums, Tartar build up (not the sauce), bad breath can be mentioned as an example of oral illness. Thus, it is very much recommended for everyone in any range of age to floss after each meal.