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Frequently Asked Questions About Floss

Flossing is not only reported as one of the most dreaded of oral hygiene duties, but it’s also the most confusing for many of our patients. Here are a few commonly asked questions when it comes to flossing:

Should I floss or brush first?

Many people prefer to floss after brushing instead of before, and that's OK! According to the American Dental Association, the most important thing is that you floss at all and that you do a thorough job. So, choose the routine that works best for you.

How much floss should I use?

Of course we don’t want to be wasteful, but when it comes to floss, more is better than less. We recommend about 18 inches of floss so that you have plenty of space to wrap around your fingers for a comfortable grip. Then, leave 1 to 2 inches of floss between your hands to navigate between each set of teeth.

Are floss picks reusable?

The answer to this question is a resounding no! Bacteria accumulates and reproduces quickly. Putting that bacteria back in your mouth after you’ve removed it can lead to an increase in plaque and oral problems. Both floss picks and traditional floss should be disposed of after use.

Are floss picks better than regular floss?

There’s really no clear answer to this one. The verdict is still out among the professional community in regards to which is best. It comes down to each individual situation. Floss picks do seem to come out on top with patients who have mobility issues, since the picks are easier to control while flossing.

How often do I need to floss?

This is another question that's up for some debate in the medical community. The consensus is at least once a day, for sure. It’s also pretty widely accepted that if you’re only going to floss once a day, make it at night. You want to make sure you remove the debris and food particles before sleep so they don’t sit on your teeth all night long. 

No matter which tool you choose to use or when you choose to do it, flossing at least once a day is one of the best things you can do for your oral health. If you have any questions or concerns about your teeth or your flossing routine, call us at 262-264-7711.

 

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