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We all know that there are few things we need to do to maintain our oral health. You’ve probably been told that it’s important to visit your dentist once every six months and that you need to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. You’ve probably been talked to about the importance of flossing—but have you ever been told why flossing is as important as it is? Have you ever wondered exactly when you should floss, or if flossing should hurt? Today, we’re happy to discuss the answers to questions like these.

Similarly, flossing is extremely important because—while it may be possible to remove the plaque with brushing alone— it isn’t necessarily a good idea. In fact, if you manage to remove the plaque near the gum line, you’re probably brushing too hard and could be damaging your gums and your teeth.

Some people like to floss before they brush and others prefer flossing immediately after. But, who is right and who is wrong? In reality, when doesn’t really matter. The most important thing with flossing is doing it every day. If you find it easier to floss in the middle of the day, that’s fine. If you prefer flossing immediately before or after you brush, that isn’t a problem. Again, it is important to remove the plaque between your teeth before it can harden and cause gum disease.

Your mouth may hurt when you start to floss, especially if you haven’t been flossing for some time. However, this discomfort shouldn’t last for more than two months. If your flossing continues to hurt after two weeks, or if you notice blood on your floss, we recommend calling your dentist soon.

If you have any other questions about why or when you should floss, please don’t hesitate to contact us soon. We are excited to hear from you.