If you were stranded on a deserted island, which would you rather take with you – a toothbrush or some floss? Ideally, you should have both. Brushing teeth removes plaque buildup. Flossing gets rid of plaque in between teeth. But is one activity more important than the other?
Experts Say Nothing Beats Flossing
The idea that flossing is the most valuable thing you do for oral care might come as a surprise. Flossing reaches areas in the mouth that are hard to reach, and where destructive microbes can thrive. Failing to clean these areas might result in gum disease (e.g. gingivitis or periodontitis).
Experts agree that the ramifications of not flossing are greater than not brushing teeth. Colonies of bacteria lurking in the crevices of your teeth are bad for your mouth and your overall health. Not flossing can lead to cardiovascular disease and diabetes, two of the leading causes of death in the developed world.
Of course, if you were on a desert island, you might be eating a healthy diet of fresh fruit and seafood. You wouldn’t have tobacco, candy, high-sugar snacks and junk food or alcohol — so your teeth would be in pretty good shape. But for those of us who live in the “real world,” brushing and flossing two times a day is the best way to avoid dental problems.
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