Gum disease or periodontal disease starts from the dirt that remains between the teeth. The brush cleans the fronts, backs and the tops of the teeth but does not clean between the teeth. The debris between the teeth causes gum bleeding, redness and infection. You do not wash half of your face, so of course you want to clean the whole tooth. Flossing cleans between the teeth. So you will never say to your children, “Did you brush your teeth?” You say, ” Did you floss and brush?” No germs, no cavities and no gum disease! Floss and brush each tooth in suquence so that you clean them all each day.
Toothpaste contains fluoride that chemically hardens the tooth against cavities. We recommend before bed to floss, then brush, spit out the toothpaste but DO NOT RINSE OUT THE TOOTHPASTE. The toothpaste fluoride stays on the teeth longer to help fight cavities.