Facts About Flossing

How important is flossing?

According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), flossing is the single most important weapon against plaque.  Floss removes plaque and debris that sticks to teeth and gums in between teeth, polishes tooth surfaces, and controls bad breath. By flossing your teeth daily, you increase the chance of keeping them for a lifetime and decrease the chance of getting gum disease.

Flossing once a day helps fight gum disease and tooth decay.

Flossing every 24 hours is just as important as brushing because it helps remove the plaque and debris that adhere to teeth and gums between the teeth. Flossing also helps polish the tooth's surface and control bad breath.

Most people cite lack of time as a reason for not flossing. However, the AGD says flossing even two or three times a week has its benefits and is far better than not flossing at all.

How Floss Works

Break off about 18 inches of floss, and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers.

Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the other hand. This finger will take up the floss as it becomes used.

Hold the floss tightly (without any slack) between your two hands, with about an inch of floss between them. Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle sawing motion.

When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C-shape against the tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth until you feel resistance.

Hold the floss against the tooth. Gently scrape the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum.

Choosing Your Floss

Whether waxed or un-waxed, flavored or unflavored, wide or regular size, floss of any type helps clean and remove plaque.

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