Do You Really Need to Floss?
Find the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our “Short Answer” series. Dentist Todd Coy, DMD, answers this one.
A: Despite recent media coverage questioning the value of flossing, it remains an important part of your oral hygiene routine. Dental floss can disrupt the plaque and bacteria that stick between teeth where your toothbrush may not reach. If left there, those bacteria can lead to inflammation of the gum tissues, increased bleeding and more cavities.
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Flossing should be done using an up and down motion in a C shape that hugs the contour of the tooth. Flossing is recommended once daily. If you’re unsure how best to floss, ask your dentist to teach you.
Dentist Todd Coy, MD