How Often Should you Floss?

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If you had to answer honestly when the last time you flossed was, what would you say? If you’re like most people, it’s probably a lot longer ago than it should’ve been. Most adults – and kids, for that matter – don’t enjoy flossing. But it’s a vital part of maintaining great oral health.

A lot of the problem with flossing is that it’s not done regularly, so when you do floss, it irritates your gums for a few days. If you floss at the right frequency, though, your gums will quickly adjust. You’ll see a huge difference in your oral health, too.

How often do I floss?
A good guideline to start with is flossing once a day. Before bed is usually recommended, since it gets all of the junk out from between your teeth before spending eight hours asleep. Most any dentists will advise you to do this.

In addition, after eating meals where food can easily get stuck in your teeth – shredded beef or pork, for example – flossing is needed. Dr. John M. Falbo advises their patients to do this instead of picking at their teeth.

Why do I need to floss?
Why would our team here at Drs. Monday and Graziani in Charleston, West Virginia, tell you to floss? Well, it’s simple – we see firsthand the great benefits it brings to so many people. Your oral health will get such a boost from flossing. You won’t be at as high a risk for cavities. You’ll have healthier gums. You’ll even be able to avoid gum disease.

To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 304-343-1216. We can’t wait to help you.