What’s More Important - Brushing Or Flossing?

Following a proper dental routine is not only indicative of good and hygienic oral health but also translates into an improved quality of life.
Brushing and flossing regularly keeps bacteria at bay preventing the buildup of bacteria and hence diseases.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends individuals to brush their teeth twice every day for a good two minutes. Flossing is recommended once a day.

Drawing a Comparison between the Two
We all know that there is no alternative for either brushing or flossing and that both are equally important to ensure good oral health. However, if we were two choose between the two, let’s look at the science that would go behind the thought-processes.
The main purpose of brushing and flossing is to prevent the buildup of plaque and moreover get rid of the residue left behind after eating. Plaque is basically the aggregation of bacteria that feeds on leftover food particles and excretes on the tooth’s surface.
Brushing only gets rid of the plaque on the surface whereas flossing reaches to those inaccessible areas where the bristles of the toothbrush cannot reach. That is in the spaces between the teeth and below the gum line.
Getting rid of microbes residing in these spots is essential to maintaining good oral hygiene. If plaque settles for too long, it can lead to abscess or gum disease.

Flossing All The Way
As we have already established the fact that flossing helps get rid of the bacteria or plaque that is not apparently visible on the teeth surface. Hence to make sure that your teeth benefits from flossing learn to do it the right way.
The American Dental Association reports that although majority of the people tell their dentist that they floss regularly, in reality only 15% of people actually do. Dental experts suggest that developing a regular habit of flossing can keep cavities from developing.
Another study in the British Journal of Health Psychology cites that for one to develop a religious practice of flossing, it needs to be monitored and done the right way.

Expert Advice
Make sure that you are always in close association with your dentist at Advanced Dental Center and leave no stone unturned in ensuring that you keep your teeth and gums safe from bacterial and plaque buildup.
We serve clients in Rockville and Frederick in Maryland, amongst our many clientele base.