Since 1979, flossing has been recommended by the American Dental Association. Other forms of removing plaque from teeth which are common today are using a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush (not battery operated ones). Gum inflammation may also be prevented by brushing and flossing.
Patients who have gaps between teeth due to gum disease may not achieve as good a result when flossing as patients who have no gaps. For these patients, brushing is effective at reducing plaque and inflammation of the gums. For those patients with no gaps between teeth, brushing and flossing are both recommended for keeping teeth and gums healthy.
So you see daily flossing is worth your time and effort in preventing gum disease along with brushing to prevent plaque buildup. On your next visit to get your teeth clean, talk to your dentist/hygienist who will best advise you on how to properly brush and floss for good oral hygiene. It is recommended that you visit your dentist at least twice per year—give us a call and schedule your next dental cleaning!