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|Magnified image of used dental floss.
Photo credit: Steve Gschmeissner/Science Photo Library
Removing plaque and food from all surfaces of your teeth on a daily basis is an effective way to reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Brushing alone only cleans about two-thirds of your teeth. Daily flossing removes food debris and plaque between the teeth as well as prevents plaque from forming at the gum line. If plaque is left on the teeth it will eventually harden into tartar. Tartar can only be removed through a professional cleaning. Plaque and tartar build up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease .
Add flossing to your daily dental routine to prevent disease and enjoy better dental health. It's never too late to start.
Resource: Brushing and Flossing Tips (PDF) (Arabic)