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Research has demonstrated that food particles attract bacteria that form plaque, which results in tooth decay and gum disease. Both activities—brushing to remove particles and bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth and gum line and using floss or another device to clean spaces between teeth—help to remove plaque.

Below are the few most Common Questions asked:

Why is it Important to Floss?

“Flossing is an important dental hygiene practice. Tooth decay and gum disease can develop when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth and along the gum line. … Cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach.”

Is Flossing Really Necessary?

It Helps Keep Your Gums Healthy

Besides preventing tooth decay, flossing can help combat gingivitis and gum disease. Gingivitis is the initial phase of gum disease and it manifests through symptoms like redness, swelling, and irritation of the gums, bad breath, and bleeding of the gums when you brush your teeth.

Do You Floss Before or After Brushing?

Regular flossing may also reduce gum disease and bad breath by removing plaque that forms along the gum line. It’s best to floss before brushing your teeth. Take 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45cm) of floss or dental tape and grasp it so you have a couple of inches of floss taut between your hands.

Does Flossing Remove Bacteria?

Flossing does 40% of the work in removing sticky bacteria, or plaque, from your teeth. Every tooth has five surfaces and when we don’t floss, we are immediately missing two of these surfaces. Plaque build-up can lead to swollen gums, tooth decay, and cavities, or gum disease.

Does Flossing Help Memory?

Scientists have found that stiffened blood vessels are linked to a risk of greater memory problems. Experts suggest brushing, flossing and regular trips to the dentist to keep your smile bright and your memory sharp.

Is it Better to Floss in the Morning or at Night?

The ADA recommends brushing twice a day and cleaning between teeth with floss (or another interdental cleaner) once a day. Some people prefer to floss in the evening before bedtime so that their mouth is clean while sleeping. Others prefer to floss after their midday meal.

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