Flossing your teeth is arguably just as important as brushing. It serves a dual role of preventing cavities and gum disease. As mentioned previously, flossing prevents cavities from forming on the proximal surfaces of our teeth.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Plaque build-up in close proximity to and beneath the gums is the main cause of periodontal disease. The earliest sign is bleeding gums. Flossing helps remove this accumulation of plaque. If not removed, the plaque quickly hardens, forming into a rock-like substance called calculus or tar-tar, which cannot be removed by brushing or flossing. When left untreated, the teeth start to lose their gum support and become shaky.