How Often Should I Floss?

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When we don’t enjoy a particular task we make all sorts of excuses to avoid it. Many people don’t complain about brushing but they do have qualms when it comes to flossing. If you ask your family dentist in South Florida whether or not flossing is necessary you’ll be disappointed with the answer because it will always be a YES. 

Brushing and flossing go hand in hand. These two are necessary to keep your mouth healthy. One of the questions that boggle people is the frequency of flossing. How often should you floss?

Closeup of a woman flossing after visiting a Family Dentist in South Florida 


The Frequency of Flossing

How Often Are You Supposed to Floss?

By now we’re sure you’ve already established a schedule for your brushing - twice a day, thirty minutes after every meal. But what about flossing? Is it part of your oral care routine? The American Dental Association recommends you floss your teeth every day, which means it’s not every other day or every other week.

However, unlike brushing that needs to be done at least twice a day, flossing is only recommended once preferably before bedtime.

Are You Doing It Right?

Just like brushing, flossing also has a technique. If you do it haphazardly you won’t be able to effectively remove food particles in between your teeth and this can cause plaque to build up. Furthermore, there is a tendency that you might injure or puncture your gum tissues.

You may read blogs about the proper flossing technique or you can ask your family dentist to demonstrate it for you.

A smiling woman flossing in the mirror after visiting the Family Dentist in South Florida 

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