The daily flossing of your teeth helps to keep them healthy.
Despite recent reports that there is a lack of strong evidence showing that flossing can prevent cavities or severe gum disease, dental specialists in Singapore maintain that flossing is important for oral hygiene.
“Flossing helps to get rid of plaque and food debris trapped between teeth,” said Dr Helena Lee, a periodontist from Specialist Dental Group. “These cannot be removed by brushing, which works well only on exposed tooth surfaces.
“If flossing is not done and plaque accumulates, it would lead to gum disease and tooth decay.”
Flossing is the use of dental floss or thread to clean between the teeth.
Dr Lee said that, after 23 years of being a dentist, she is convinced of its benefits.
Gum disease, for instance, occurs when the tissues that support your teeth become infected. It does not occur overnight, but progresses through various stages.
Bleeding gums is an early symptom that is often dismissed, said Dr Lee. “If left untreated, it may lead to gum disease.”
This is when the infection destroys the bone that supports the teeth. The teeth will become loose and will have to be extracted, said Dr Jerry Lim of Orchard Scotts Dental.
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