How often should I floss?

Floss3You always floss your teeth, right?  Of course you do.  That’s what you tell  your dentist anyway.

By flossing daily, you help remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar. Flossing also helps prevent gum disease and cavities.



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Through its Mouth Healthy Campaign, the ADA has a great resource on flossing, including two short vides, pdf downloads and simple graphics like the one above explaining flossing techniques.


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Flossing can also help you avoid bad breath.