Fun Facts About Flossing

FLOSSING IS SO EASY… So why is it that we never want to do it? You probably have a lot of questions regarding flossing your teeth. Waxed, unwaxed, flat, round, cinnamon, mint—why are there so many varieties of wound-up string in a plastic container? When should we floss? Should we wrap the floss around our fingers or use a wand?

Here’s the deal… the type of floss you use isn’t nearly as important as how often you’re flossing. The only reason there are so many different types of floss is because we all have different types of teeth. The thickness of floss that works for you can depend on the spacing or shape of your teeth. Floss comes in a variety of flavors to satisfy different preferences and to make flossing more enjoyable. Whatever method, flavor, or thickness you use should be the one that will make flossing as enjoyable as possible!

Why is flossing so important? Flossing removes the bacteria between your teeth so that it won’t turn into plaque or tartar. Tartar buildup can only be removed through a professional cleaning and if it isn’t removed it can cause gingivitis—the first symptom of gum disease.

Thanks to our friends at Howcast, here’s a short video for you to be sure you have your technique together:

The ADA recommends flossing once a day as part of your oral routine. Because flossing helps clean where your toothbrush can’t reach, it’s helpful to floss first so that the fluoride from your toothpaste can get to all areas.

Dr. Saleh prefers that you floss right before you go to bed, so pick a flavor, set a routine and get flossing! Keep those teeth healthy and clean!

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