How often should I floss my teeth?

Flossing is recommended at least once per day, but many people floss after meals in order to remove food debris. This is important because plaque can build up on and in between your teeth, putting you at a greater risk for tooth decay and costly damage. Simply flossing to remove food and plaque regularly helps you maintain your oral health.

Teeth that are crooked or overlapping can be more difficult to clean, and flossing can help you reach those areas where bacteria may be building up. Your hygienist can go over how to floss at your biannual cleaning and make sure that your techniques are effective for removing build-up.

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