There is an old adage in dentistry that “You only need to floss the teeth you want to keep”. Sometimes people laugh when they hear this, thinking it is a joke. IT IS NOT A JOKE! And it does not apply to flossing alone. Brushing is also an essential part of keeping teeth and gums (and the rest of you) healthy.
Brushing and flossing disrupt the bacterial colonies – “biofilm” (or “plaque“) – on the sides of the teeth and gums. When the “biofilm” (“plaque“) builds up on the teeth and gums, it begins a process of destruction that leads to gum disease (and loss of teeth), cavities (and loss of teeth), bad breath, and problems throughout the rest of the body (* see note below).
Brushing your teeth and gums at least twice a day, effectively, and flossing your teeth at least once a day, effectively, are essential to maintaining a healthy mouth (and body)! Notice the word effectively? It refers to being thorough with both brushing and flossing.
* Note: There are many studies indicating a link between diseased gums/teeth and health issues with the respiratory system, circulatory system, and other systems throughout the body. Your mouth is part of your body. If it is not healthy, you are not healthy!