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How Many Times A Day Should I Floss?

For most people, it’s recommended that both brushing and flossing are done twice a day. There are a number of advantages that come along with flossing your teeth regularly, including everything discussed below.

Reduced Bleeding From the Gums

Bleeding gums may be an indicator of periodontal disease, and people who floss twice daily tend to bleed less than those who floss once a day or less. In fact, in a study of twins, the twin who flossed twice a day had significantly less gum bleeding (about 38% less) than the twin who flossed just one time a day. The difference was obvious in only a short-term study, so the long-term benefits may be even better.

Reduced Plaque Accumulation

Regular flossing prevents the soft and sticky bacteria known as plaque from accumulating on the teeth. If this plaque is left on the teeth, it will grow hard and turn into tartar — which can only be removed by a dentist using specialized tools. It’s easy to brush and floss twice a day to keep both plaque (and even tartar) away.

Less Tooth Decay

Flossing your teeth regularly can help prevent tooth decay. When you combine brushing and flossing, you can prevent periodontal disease — and you may even be able to prevent serious consequences like tooth loss due to decay. Flossing is able to get at the tiny particles of food and debris that can get lodged in the nooks and crannies next to your teeth and in between the teeth and the gums. If those particles are left in place, they’ll quickly start to cause decay. Flossing gets at the areas that even your toothbrush can’t reach easily.

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