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Do I Really Need to Floss My Teeth?

November 5, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Woo Sung Jung

The short answer to this question is - yes!

But do you know why flossing your teeth is so important? That's what we're talking about today. Here's what you should know.

Why Flossing Your Teeth Is Critical for Excellent Dental Health

Did you know that you can get cavities in between your teeth? It's true! And this is exactly what flossing your teeth can prevent.

Tooth flossing removes the plaque and bacteria buildup between your teeth that your toothbrush can't reach. It also strengthens your gums, protecting them against gum disease.

Flossing is an easy habit to build, as you can use flossers or a string of floss to get the job done. Gently move the floss between your teeth in a c-shape motion around each tooth. Use a clean piece of floss between each tooth so you don't spread bacteria around your mouth.

Combine Your Flossing With Daily Brushing

Dentists and the American Dental Association agree that patients should brush their teeth at least twice daily, preferably in the morning and at night before bed. Brushing your teeth removes the plaque and bacteria that build up after meals.

Proper brushing technique includes gently moving your toothbrush in circular motions around your teeth and gumline, being gentle, and not brushing vigorously, which can damage delicate gum tissues. Brushing 30 seconds per quadrant of your mouth for a total of two minutes will help remove plaque, which protects your teeth from problems like gum disease and tooth decay.

Using an electric toothbrush can also help maintain a good home care routine. For example, an electric toothbrush can time your brushing session to ensure your reach two minutes and warn you if you're pressing too hard while you brush, which protects your gums. 

Preventive teeth cleanings and checkups in Garland, TX, are the best way to protect your dental health and ensure you're making the most of your home care routine. Contact Garland Grove Dentistry at (972) 272-3585 if it's time to schedule your next dental appointment.

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