Dr. Sue Hollinsworth

Is flossing necessary?

Yes. Brushing can only reach 60% of your tooth surface. Flossing gets in between your teeth where your brush can't reach to remove the plaque and stimulate the gums. Plaque is the sticky film that forms on the teeth and it's made up of dead cells from the mouth, proteins from the saliva, food particles, and bacteria. It's these bacteria that produce toxins which lead to inflammation of the gums and destruction of the bone along with causing cavities. 

Flossing takes a good amount of manual dexterity and can be very difficult for some people to do. We have several things that can assist or even be alternatives to flossing, such as little brushes that go between the teeth if the spaces are larger, Glide floss for tight teeth and rough areas that shred the floss. We also carry the Sonicare Airfloss. It builds up pressure in the liquid and when released between the teeth, the microbubbles burst, disrupting the plaque.