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How often should I be flossing?

Did you know that flossing is just as important as brushing, if not more so? You can brush 5 times a day, and not get the same results as a simple flossing session has. Flossing helps prevent cavities and gum disease and is imperative to your oral health. With help from your Cincinnati dentist, you can keep your teeth and mouth healthy and happy for life.Flossing

Why is flossing so important? 
Flossing reaches the places between the teeth and gums that toothbrush bristles simply cannot, meaning that it effectively knocks away the plaque in between the teeth that is left behind after brushing. If it is not removed from the teeth, plaque can cause cavities or gingivitis.

How often should I floss? 
According to the American Dental Association, you should floss at least once a day. Thoroughly flossing for at least two to three minutes is key in ensuring that as much plaque as possible is knocked away to avoid tooth decay and various problems with the tissues in the mouth.

What kind of floss should I use? 
Dental floss comes in many shapes and sizes: waxed, unwaxed, mint, cinnamon, thin, wide, and many more. How do you choose which is best for you? The floss that you feel most comfortable with is usually your best bet. Wider floss, sometimes referred to as dental tape, is better for people who have dental appliances, such as bridges, or large gaps between their teeth. Waxed floss may be easier to fit between teeth that are close together than unwaxed floss.

Flossing is even more effective when paired with regular dental exams. If you have questions, or would like to schedule a regular dental exam or cleaning, Mt. Lookout Dentistry in Cincinnati, OH can help. Dr. David N. Croop, Dr. Ben T. Gosnell, Dr. Brenda Bertsch, Dr. Bob Bartsch and the staff at Mt. Lookout are dedicated to friendly, professional care and personal treatment plans for every patient. Call (513) 871-2852 to schedule an appointment today!

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