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You probably understand how brushing your teeth can benefit the health of your entire mouth, but do you know why flossing is important? In reality, there are a number of benefits to flossing, and a few things you may need to do to get the most benefits from your flossing.

When you brush your teeth, you’re removing plaque and bacteria. If you don’t remove bad bacteria from your teeth, you could be more vulnerable to tooth decay. However, you probably realize that your brush can’t reach certain areas of your mouth. To avoid this issue, you’ll need to use floss. Floss can reach these areas, including between your teeth and beneath your gumline.

Of course, there are also a number of things you’ll need to do—and not do—if you’re interested in getting the most out of your flossing. For example, had you heard that flossing can actually spread germs from tooth to tooth if you aren’t careful? If you’d like to avoid this problem, you’ll have to use a longer piece of floss—typically at least 18 inches. You should form a “C” shape when you floss, to remove as much plaque as possible. Finally, don’t expect your gums to bleed when you floss, though they could swell and bleed if you haven’t flossed in some time. However, this shouldn’t last for more than a week.

If you’re interested in learning more about flossing, or how to floss correctly, please feel free to contact Scott A. Young, DDS at 704-541-5900. Dr. Scott A. Young and our team will answer any questions you have. We look forward to receiving your call soon.