Should I really not bother flossing my teeth?
Remember the headlines earlier this year, proclaiming flossing to be a waste of time? Well, don’t ditch the thread yet – many leading dentists still insist it’s essential to your oral hygiene. ‘While brushing twice a day remains paramount, the gaps between your teeth account for 40% of your tooth surface,’ says Dr Richard Marques of Wimpole Street Dental. Neglecting those spaces could lead to common gum diseases such as gingivitis*. But make sure you have your technique sussed. Dr Marques says to avoid a sawing motion that can damage your gums, ‘go up along the neck of one tooth, and down the neck of the other’. Feeling lazy? Philips Sonicare Airfloss, £80, blasts air and water droplets to remove the film between your teeth with minimum effort. Pearly whites are yours.
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