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at all reduced by flossing.

While technically correct, says Dr. Kanani, this may give the overall impression that flossing is useless. Nothing could be further from the truth, since oral health is about much more than visible tooth decay. The dentist Woodland Hills says that tooth decay is certainly linked with acid and bacteria buildup, which eats into more than just enamel. Bacteria also grow into the plaque that leads to bleeding, sore gums, which can lead to gum disease, which almost inevitably leads to the cost of dental implants.

Woodland Hills dentist Dr. Kanani does agree with Christina Chatfield, a dental hygienist quoted in the Daily Mail, who says that bad flossing can be quite useless. (“The majority of those who do use floss [which I believe to be around five per cent of the population], don’t use it effectively, so it is of minimal benefit to them".) Many flossers do not realize that the point of flossing is not specifically to get rid of bits of food, but to hook around the teeth in order to get out plaque from the areas where brushes don't reach.

It is also quite true that foods other than those high in sugar can cause dental issues. Sucking on lemons, or having a high content of acidic drinks, can do more damage to teeth than eating sweets – because the acid is entering the mouth ready-made for tooth damage, instead of being converted from sugar into acid.

While twice daily brushing does do a lot to prevent tooth decay (such as cavities) from beginning, this only covers around 60% of the surface of teeth, whereas much tooth damage occurs in gaps or below the surface. Flossing and brushing can be compared to the dynamic duo of diet and exe
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