How Often Should I Floss?

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By now you probably have an established dental routine that you don’t think twice about. You know when and how often you brush, and which are your favorite oral care products. One thing you might want to revisit is your flossing routine. Ask yourself a few questions: “Is flossing a part my regular at-home care?” and “How often am I flossing?” For many people, flossing falls by the wayside, even if they’re great about brushing twice a day. Here’s what you need to know about proper flossing to take care of your smile.

The Recommended Frequency of Flossing

According to the American Dental Association, you should be flossing your teeth every day. While flossing isn’t a replacement for brushing your teeth, it does ensure that you’re really cleaning between your teeth and around your gums. This is where bacteria and food debris often hide—and where a brush can’t always reach. A healthy dental routine isn’t complete without regular flossing!

When to Floss

If you should floss at least once a day, you may be wondering if there’s a better time to do it, morning or night. The answer is. . . it depends! Try flossing in the morning and in the evening after your regular brushing and see which fits better into your schedule. Are you too rushed in the morning, or too tired at night? The important thing is that you choose a time when you remember to do it so you can stick to a healthy flossing routine.

Family Dental Care in Littleton, CO

Want more advice on what flossing products are best for your teeth? The Summit Family Dentistry team would love to help! Twice yearly dental cleanings by a professional dental hygienist are also essential for optimal oral health and cavity prevention. During your visit we can provide some instruction to help you nail down the proper flossing technique. Call us today for an appointment for preventive care.

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