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To mark World Oral Health Day tomorrow, Life talks to a specialist about the importance of dental floss

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Mention oral healthcare and what usually comes to mind are things like toothbrushes with super soft, zigzag bristles, fluoride toothpaste and antiseptic mouthwash. Unfortunately, the most commonly neglected part _ dental floss _ is actually key to good oral health. 

"Most people overlook the importance of dental floss. They adhere to the misconception that brushing the teeth is already enough," said dentist Dr Chaiwat Suechanyapong.

But the truth is that brushing, no matter how properly it is carried out, is inadequate. Dr Chaiwat said human teeth are like many white, or sometimes yellowish, boxes placed next to one another and brushing can only clean the front and the back of those boxes, leaving the "interdental" area between teeth untouched and full of food particles.

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