When Do you Need to Floss?

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We all know flossing is important, but how many of us are great at remembering to do it? Chances are, it’s been a while since you flossed, right?

Don’t worry – we’re not trying to make you feel bad. Instead, Dr. Richard Dycus asked the team here at Dycus Dental in Cookeville, Tennessee to put together some information about when to floss. It’s a common question we’re asked, and we know answering it will help you have the great oral health you deserve.

Floss once a day
Unlike brushing your teeth, you really only need to floss once per day. Some people like to floss after meals, and while that’s a good idea, you actually run the risk of harming your gums if you floss too much. Your gums are easily irritated, and flossing them multiple times a day can lead to swollen, bleeding gums.

Floss at night
Based on the information above, it makes the most sense to floss at night, right before bed. This is the perfect time to clean out all the junk between your teeth so it doesn’t sit and fester overnight. Not only does this help your teeth be healthier, but it also makes a huge difference in your morning breath.

Flossing is incredibly important, and we hope you can all develop great flossing habits. For more information, call us today at 931-528-7977.