Today we’re going to talk about flossing. So why do we need to floss?

Brushing alone only covers about 1/3 of the total tooth surface area in your mouth, which leaves a lot of space for plaque and bacteria to thrive. That plaque and bacteria can lead to cavities and gum disease. Look at all of that area that brushing along just simply can’t reach! Flossing helps fix this by removing food and other debris that result in plaque accumulation.

There are many ways to floss but a very efficient way is like this.

Take an enough floss to wrap around your middle fingers and pull without slipping, about 12-18 inches. Using your index fingers and thumbs, control a 1 inch section. Insert in between two teeth and press the section into a C-shaped, hugging curve around one of the teeth, and move it up and down. Go slightly, and gently, below the gum line, continuing to press and hold that C-shape. Without removing the section, repeat against the other of the two teeth. Repeat this until you’ve flossed in between all of your teeth. Well, all of the teeth you want to keep. Don’t forget those back teeth that don’t have neighbors!

With practice, flossing should take about 1-2 minutes total. And if your gums bleed when you first start, don’t be discouraged! With practice and consistency, you should notice less bleeding and healthier gums. And if not, you should contact your dentist to check for any problems or concerns.

So when should we floss?

Well, there’s no evidence that it is better to floss before or after you brush, so the choice is yours! But you should floss at least once a day. Some people get up in time do it in the morning and start the day off fresh. Others have more time at night and like to go to sleep with a clean mouth. Or some superstars do both! But we know you’re busy and try to respect your time. We just want to help you keep your teeth and the rest of your body healthy!

So remember: floss at least once a day.

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