To Floss Or Not To Floss
November 9, 2017

To Floss Or Not To Floss

You may have read conflicting reports about whether or not there are benefits to flossing in the news recently, however, here at 1 Dental Clininc, we consider it to be an essential part of your daily oral hygiene routine, and therefore recommend doing it at least once per day.


Here we will summarise the top benefits of flossing:


Your toothbrush can only access the front and backs of your tooth’s surface, therefore only removing dental plaque from these areas.  Dental floss reaches those surfaces in between your teeth to ensure all of the plaque is removed from your mouth


What is dental plaque?


Plaque is a the layer of bacteria which continually grow onto your tooth surface, it it this exact bacteria which can cause two things:

  • Dental Decay (Cavities)
  • Gum Disease

By removing this layer of bacteria daily from in between teeth will greatly reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease form developing, of course in association with good toothbrushing and a limited sugar intake.


In addition, daily flossing also removes any lodged food particles and helps to freshen breath in the process



  • Use around 18inches wrapping some around a finger on each hand
  • Pull the floss tight between each hand so there is no slack floss
  • Gently move the floss (UP AND DOWN) between your teeth pulling away from the gum each time (not side to side), this is very important!
  • Be gentle and make sure the floss does not slap against the gum

A common question we are asked is if you should still floss if your gums bleed. The answer is yes!  The reason your gums bleed is a sign of gingivitis (mild inflammation of the gums) or sometimes even gum disease.  By cleaning that area you are helping to prevent gum disease, and persisting in these areas, in time the gums will become healthier and the bleeding should stop. 


If you have any questions about flossing, bleeding gums, diet advice or anything else mentioned in this blog, make sure to get in touch with us and one of our dentists will discuss how best to improve your oral hygiene.