We are excited for the opportunity to welcome back our patients and staff! With everyone's safety in mind during this unusual time, we have taken great care in implementing a comprehensive set of new protocols to ensure the lowest possible risk of disease transmission that follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A comprehensive list of changes to our office can be found here.
We look forward to seeing everyone again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.
According to recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA), you need to floss your teeth or use other interdental cleaners at least once every day. However, some experts, us included, do not recommend a blanket number of times everyone should floss every day. This is because we believe that each patient needs a unique flossing habit depending on their lifestyle choices, for example, flossing an additional time after eating food that easily gets stuck between your teeth, is never a bad thing.
If you're running any risks of dental problems due to flossing, it's likely not because of how often you floss, but the flossing tools and techniques you're using. In other words, quality matters over quantity. You may floss just once in a day or several days and still run the risks of flossing too much because you're applying too much pressure or using floss that's too thick.
Over time, improper flossing can damage your gum line, expose sensitive parts of your teeth, and ultimately leads to tooth decay, cavities, and other serious dental problems.
How Often Should You Floss?
Flossing just once a day may be enough to rid your interdental spaces of bacteria and food particles that can cause various oral problems. Bacteria and plaque buildup usually harden after 24 hours. However, you don't necessarily need to wait for that long before flossing if something stuck in-between your teeth is making you feel uncomfortable. Also, you should floss before you brush your teeth to loosen food particles and make them easier to brush away.
Flossing and brushing the right way at the right time every day can help you effectively stave off myriads of dental problems. You can visit our offices today to get highly personalized recommendations for effective flossing habits. We'll make those recommendations from the information we gather after thoroughly examining your teeth using state-of-the-art tools and techniques and explain to you the best course of action for you to take.